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Social media boosts United Way campaign

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Dec 3, 2019

NASHUA – Donors wishing to make a pledge to the United Way of Greater Nashua during today’s annual “Giving Tuesday” observance now have an additional option to make that donation.

United Way President Mike Apfelberg said Monday that a Giving Tuesday fundraising link has been set up on Facebook, through which donors can make a pledge to one or more of the agencies that benefits from United Way funds.

To take part, representatives of those agencies share a Giving Tuesday link four times on their social media, and include a message citing the support the agency gets from the United Way in asking potential donors to “make a small donation” to the agency through the Facebook fundraiser link: www.facebook.com/donate/436721820606567/.

Meanwhile, United Way officials are also working on this year’s Santa Fund campaign. For this, the organization partners with The Telegraph to raise funds and collect toys to assist local low-income individuals and families during the holidays.

The funds and items collected are distributed by Santa Fund partners Milford SHARE, the Front Door Agency in Nashua and the Greater Nashua Salvation Army.

Among this year’s early Santa Fund donors is the Club National, which just pledged $3,000 to the cause.

The club, at 127 Pine St., is a longtime Santa Fund supporter that each year donates funds to a number of local charities, according to Club National financial secretary Raymond LeBoeuf.

He said the club designates 30% of its profits from its in-house “pull-tab” tickets game, a type of lottery game also known as “break-open” tickets, to local charities throughout the year.

“There are a lot of charities out there … last year, we donated $70,000 to a bunch of them,” LeBoeuf said.

Club National, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021, has been “recognized many times for its generous donations and contributions of its members,” according to a statement on its website.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.

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