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Business and nonprofits celebrate together

12 Days of Giving campaign nets $130,000 for local groups
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Several San Benito County businesses and local charities got together recently to celebrate their joint success in the Twelve Days of Giving fundraiser. 

The campaign netted $130,000 in 2015, marking the most successful year for the event so far. That impressive amount will be shared by CASA, Chamberlain’s Children’s Center, Community Food Bank, Emmaus House, The Homeless Coalition and Salvation Army. All the funds will stay in San Benito County, helping provide essential community services.

Last year’s effort brought in a total of $85,000 and all participating nonprofits agreed that donations were up this year. 

Businesses and organizations that provided sponsorship this year were Tiffany Motor Company, Earthbound Farm, Greenwood Chevrolet, Hollister Rotary, KMG Electronic Chemicals, Recology San Benito, Teknova, True Leaf Farms, and Waste Connections, Inc.

The Community Foundation for San Benito County and United Way of San Benito County each played a large role in the effort by providing matching funds to the businesses.  

”It’s not just the funds we receive that make such a difference,” the Food Bank’s Maria Lynn Thomas said. “12 Days of Giving brings together all of us in a cooperative endeavor, and in a larger sense, it brings together the entire community.”





Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.