Local businesses give back to United Way on Giving Tuesday

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - United Way of Northwest Florida received more than $16,000 from local businesses, which they will use to give back to the panhandle.

United Way of Northwest Florida received more than $16,000 in donations from local businesses on Giving Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)

"All of the donations go to our 47 partner organizations, these are nonprofits that serve the panhandle community, not just in Bay County, but in six counties," said United Way’s “Captain United.”

Some of the businesses giving back on Giving Tuesday are Public Eye Soar, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Survivor Jam, and Centennial Bank.

Leaders at Centennial Bank say they are glad they are able to give back to an organization that does so much for the community.

"This last year has been a challenge for everybody, and so I know not everyone can step up and give because of the challenges we've had, so it's nice that we're able to make this donation to United Way," Joey Ginn, the Market President of Centennial Bank, said.

But it's not just businesses that are donating big checks. United Way's President Bryan Taylor says one person can also make a difference.

"The simple act of just donating, whether it's a dollar a week through your paycheck or a one-time gift on Giving Tuesday, those are the kinds of heroes we need and those gifts coming in, they amount to a whole lot,” said Taylor.

You can give to United Way by texting "850 united" to 41444. You can also go to their website, unitedwaynwfl.org.

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