(11-17-20) Midwest Electric takes holiday giving to another level. This year, the electric cooperative’s employees, board of directors and legal counsel joined together to donate $19,980 to three local organizations, with $9,000 coming from CoBank.

The funds went to Mercy Unlimited in Wapakoneta, Our Home Family Resource Center in Celina, and Agape Ministries in St. Marys. Each group received $6,660.

Midwest Electric applied for a Sharing Success matching grant from their lender, CoBank, and was awarded additional funds for the organizations.

Mercy Unlimited, Our Home Family Resource Center, and Agape Ministries serve more than 600 children and 800 families in Auglaize and Mercer counties. Donations will help with the purchase of pajamas, socks, gloves, and coats for local people in need, as well as toothpaste and hygiene products.

Funding will also go toward Weekend Warrior bags to ensure hungry children have food throughout the weekend while at home. Some of the programs funded include help with the purchase of a small toy, gift, or game to brighten a local family’s holiday season.

These donations come as part of the co-op’s Christmas for Kids Program, started in 1993 by Midwest Electric’s employees. After 27 years, the program is still going strong.