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COVID-19 Relief Fund total tops $127,000

SALISBURY — The COVID-19 Relief Fund’s total amount raised is now $127,722 after a dozen donors gave more than $3,300 since Monday.

The fund is raising money from the public to help with local food insecurity, medical expenses and housing needs. Money can also be used for disruptions in business for nonprofits. And nonprofits will be responsible for distributing the money rather than the United Way.

Money raised by the public will be matched by the United Way with up to $120,000 in internal funds that have been reallocated. All dollars raised will go directly to the causes the United Way has identified, and the agency will cover all administrative costs associated with overseeing the fund.

Anyone interested in making a donation can do so at rowanunitedway.org, text the word “RELIEF” to 704-286-1011 or mail a contribution to the United Way at 131 West Innes St., Suite 201, Salisbury, N.C. 28144. Those mailing donations should address them to the attention of the COVID-19 Relief Fund. Those making a donation online should include a note in the comment section saying it’s for the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Nonprofits can obtain more information about applying by visiting rowanunitedway.org or calling the United Way office at 704-633-1802.

Recent donations include:

• Carol Comer, $200

• Jessica Blumenthal, $100

• John and Pam Schaffer, $500

• Evelyn Schaffer, $100

• Nancy Corriher, $50

• Dennis and Sylvia Barger, $100

• $100 donated by Ryan Baum in honor of Robert Propst.

• Betty McCullough, $1,200

• John and Audrey Knall, $500

• Sylvia Johnson Moore, $100

• Anonymous, $50

• $500 donated by an anonymous individual who challenged “all essential, working people” to consider donating their stimulus check to charities, such as the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

• James Miller, $50

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