Collaboration donates $10,000 to frontline workers – Press Release

Collaboration donates $10,000 to frontline workers – Press Release

(Marion, IN – July 17, 2020) Several local organizations launched a project – Gift Cards for Thanks – in late April to support Grant County’s frontline workers and to give the local economy a boost at the same time.

The project – spearheaded by a partnership between the Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Grant County, Community Foundation of Grant County, Gas City Area Chamber of Commerce, Upland Chamber of Commerce, and the Grant County Economic Growth Council –allowed donors to make a donation of any amount to support local Chamber businesses and then distributed those gift cards to employees in frontline industries – healthcare, first responders, and essential employers.

Because of the abundant generosity of so many donors, the partnership purchased more than $10,000 in Gift Cards of Thanks to support local, small businesses.

The partnership then turned those gift cards into ’plastic, rectangular social distancing hugs of encouragement’ and gave them to over 1,000 employees serving in COVID-support roles at the amazing frontline facilities. It was an encouragement campaign on steroids!

The partners would like to say to donors, “Thank you for supporting our essential workers and providing critical cash support to our local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and thank you for engaging in generosity when our community needed you most.”

Connect with any of these partners to learn more about ways they are focused on supporting Grant County and ensuring that our community will come back even stronger that before. For contact information or to learn more call 765-662-0065 or email

Because of the abundant gratitude from
these caring citizens and organizations:
Gift Cards of Thanks Purchased from
these Local, Small Businesses:
Gift Cards of Thanks were Delivered
to Employees at these Frontline Facilities
· Alan and P.J. Culley
· Ashlee Dixon
· CenterPoint Energy Foundation
· Charmayne Saylors
· Community Foundation of Grant County
· Center Point Foundation
· Craig and Lezlie Winter
· Dave Huffman
· Dawn Brown
· Derrick and Jennifer Lee
· Dr Kyle and Tracie Speakman
· Eastview Wesleyan Church
· Ericka Ballinger
· Harold and Cheryl Mathias
· Jack & Alice Jones
· James Camarata
· John Toennies
· Julia Moore
· June Ann Ladd
· Kylie Jackson
· Layla Price-Bodkin
· Lisa Weaver
· Lorelei Moore
· Lori Mughmaw
· Mark Storey
· Michele Stanley
· Mississinewa Community Schools
· Paul and Marsha Usher
· Paula Luttrell
· Raphael and CJ McAbee-Reher
· Rick & Debbie Berbereia
· Shelly Jones
· Shirley Mooney
· Thriving Families of Grant County
· Tim & Linda Harmon
· Tom South
· United Way of Grant County
· Upland Chamber of Commerce
· Valerie McHarry
· Applebee’s Grill & Bar
· Brooks Upper Crust Pizza & Grill
· Casey’s General Store
· Country Café & Bakery
· Culver’s Restaurant
· Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
· Design Studio 407
· Fairmount Candle & Bath
· Horner’s Butcher Block
· Ivanhoe’s Drive-in
· King Gyros Restaurant
· La Cascada Mexican Restaurant
· La Charreada Mexican Restaurant
· Los Amores Restaurant
· Mama Pearson’s Soaporium
· McClure Oil Corporation
· Meijer Grocery Store
· Midwest Coffee Roasting Company
· Moe’s Southwest Grill
· Needler’s Fresh Market
· New Market Gas City
· PC Brick Oven Pizza
· Polished
· Pro Prints Gear
· Texas Roadhouse
· The Branch
· The Bridge Café
· The Jigsaw Junction
· The Wispy Pine Boutique
· Tree of Life
· True Envy Boutique
· Walnut Creek Market
· Walnut Creek Outdoors
· Wings Etc.
· Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center
· Colonial Oaks Retirement Community
· Horner’s Butcher Block
· Marion General Hospital
· Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home
· Needler’s Fresh Market
· New Market Gas City
· Northwood Manor Retirement Community
· Premier Home Health Care
· Rolling Meadows Health & Rehabilitation Center
· Suite Living Senior Living Community
· Twin City Health Care Facility
· University Nursing Center
· Wesleyan Health And Rehabilitation Center
· Wyndmoor of Marion Assisted Living Facility
· York Place Assisted Living Community


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