United Way receives $1,500 check from Panera Bread

Local - 8/20/2013 6:05 PM by Rebecca Turco

BECKLEY – Panera Bread presented a $1,500 check Tuesday to the United Way of Southern West Virginia.

Café representatives said customers donated the money as part of Panera Bread's fundraiser initiatives. United Way Executive Director Margaret Ann O’Neal said every donation helps, no matter how small. “The ability for people to walk into Panera Bread, buy a cup of coffee and put their change into that pot and then all of it goes together, really is the whole premise of the United Way,” said O’Neal. “A lot of people doing a little bit to help a whole lot of people.”

Part of the money was used recently to give 1,000 books to children, according to O’Neal, and the rest will go toward the United Way’s campaign goal of $525,000. Panera Bread will be accepting donations through the end of September.


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