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Giving to United Way helps many in Lincoln County

With requests continually pouring in, it’s always nice to be able to pour some help back out.

United Way of Lincoln County does its best to see that the needs of those organizations asking for help are met, but it can only do as much as the area’s residents and businesses allow. The organization’s giving is limited by the generosity of others.

Fortunately, Lincoln County is filled with generous people who live, work and worship here, interim director Pam Cartright said.

People like the employees at McLane Southern, for example, help United Way help others, she said.

The grocery distribution center in Brookhaven Lincoln Industrial Park offers the option to its 465 employees to give to United Way through payroll deduction. The employees also organize an annual golf tournament each fall.

Representatives with McLane Southern presented United Way board member Jason Snider with a check for $9,664.61 Thursday.

Even though it’s a national company, McLane Southern has been in Lincoln County since 1985 and prior to to that, it was Bob Massengill’s Southern Wholesale, which was chartered in the early 1920s, said Jeff Brumfield, a controller with the company.

McLane Southern encourages its employees to give locally to help the people who are supporting the business.

Besides United Way of Lincoln County, McLane gives to the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson.

Those agencies that are assisted by United Way of Lincoln County includes Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Club of Lincoln County, Brookhaven Beautiful, Brookhaven Little Theatre, Brookhaven Recreation Department, Doll’s House, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln County, Outreach Ministries, Pee Wee football and Salvation Army.

For more information, or to make a donation, call 601-833-1411. Donations can also be mailed to United Way of Lincoln County, PO Box 978, Brookhaven, MS 39602-0978.

Photo by Donna Campbell/Shaheed Hickman, vice president of distribution at McLane Southern, presents a check for almost $10,000 to Jason Snider with the United Way of Lincoln County (far left) along with Sandy Dussetschleger, expediter, and Jeff Brumfield, controller.

Photo by Donna Campbell/Shaheed Hickman, vice president of distribution at McLane Southern, presents a check for almost $10,000 to Jason Snider with the United Way of Lincoln County (far left) along with Sandy Dussetschleger, expediter, and Jeff Brumfield, controller.