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Editorial: Way to go, JBS

Brian Korthals/Daily Globe JBS employees and members of the United Way of Nobles County executive board celebrate the announcement of JBS' donation of more than $95,000 to the 2013 fundraising campaign Thursday afternoon in Worthington.

As has been the case for the past several years, JBS employees have again demonstrated their generosity in a very significant way.

Members of the United Way of Nobles County executive board learned Dec. 20 that JBS employees were donating a total of $95,485 to the organization, a sum that represents nearly two-thirds of the $150,000 United Way goal for this year's campaign.

Last year, workers at Worthington's largest employer donated slightly more than $70,000, a remarkable figure in itself and an amount that was a little more than half of the United Way of Nobles County's $140,000 fundraising goal. Employees at the hog-processing facility obviously wanted to do more, however, as a number of incentives were offered at the company to encourage increased levels of giving.

"You're making a big, big difference in our community," United Way of Nobles County board president Colin O'Donnell said following the Dec. 20 announcement.

He's right. More than 25 non-profit agencies across the region have been slated to be recipients of United Way of Nobles County money through the current 2012-2013 campaign. For many of these organizations, every dollar counts in fulfilling important missions that benefit many segments of our population.

Cheers to the folks at JBS for realizing that giving back to their community can pay big dividends.