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Day care center helps United Way

What started out as one person’s way to give back for help she received has turned into a community wide program the employees of Candy Cane Corner Day Care are hoping more people want to help with.
The day care facility participates in a program where they collect used printer cartridges and old cell phones to turn in for a profit, then donates the money to the Greater Ennis United Way (GEUW).
The center collects the items until they reach the minimum amount to be shipped, then packages the items and sends them off for recycling. Center director Pam Skinner says the program started in a small way, but she appreciates the opportunity to give to the community through the GEUW.
“A client here was going through cancer treatments and needed some tuition assistance from the Greater Ennis United Way to help send her kids to the center so she could keep her treatment appointments and when she got back on her feet she wanted to give back,” Skinner said. “We went online and found a small way that we could help her do that and have been donating the recycling refund checks to the Greater Ennis United Way ever since.”
The effort has always been a community wide program with businesses and local companies donating their old cartridges – Ennis Regional Medical Center is one of the biggest contributors –  but Skinner is hoping to add more groups and individuals to the list.
“The money that we get goes right back into helping the Greater Ennis United Way fund many local organizations, including our center so we are happy to be able to help the organization,” she said. “It is also a ‘green way’ to give back and help many different families in many different ways.”
Greater Ennis United Way executive director Eliza Fulton said when she received the first check from Candy Cane Corner daycare; she called them to see if there had been a mistake.
“It really puzzled me as to why we would be getting a check from them when they are one of the organizations that our agency helps,” she said. “However, I was really touched when Pam explained what they were doing. I think it is an awesome program and we are thankful for every dollar we get.”
The GEUW kicked off this year’s campaign with a luncheon on Sept. 4 and volunteers have been busy raising funds to help the 12 community organizations the agency aids with funding. In addition to Candy Cane Corner, they also assist Helping Hands of Ennis, A-CROSS, the Boys & Girls Club of Ennis, the Golden Circle Activity Center, the American Red Cross, Friends of the Ennis Public Library, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties, the Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center, the Ellis County Foster Parent Association, the Ellis County 4-H and CASA of Ellis County.
For more information on the recycling program at Candy Cane Corner contact Pam Skinner at 972-878-3200. To donate to the Greater Ennis United Way contact 972-351-2060. Checks can be made payable to the Greater Ennis United Way and sent to PO Box 639, Ennis, Tx, 75120.

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