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    Kum & Go Boosts United Way Gift

    Convenience store chain is one of United Way of Central Iowa's Pacesetter organizations.

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- Kum & Go is one of 14 central Iowa organizations that have wrapped up their United Way campaigns, increasing their collective contributions 10 percent compared to the previous year, the Des Moines Register reported, citing an announcement by the United Way of Central Iowa.

    Pacesetter organizations such as Kum & Go conduct early campaigns and pledge to increase their United Way contributions over the previous year.

    This year marked Kum & Go's first time as a United Way Pacesetter. Last year, the convenience store chain contributed nearly $107,000 to the charity organization. This year, Kum & Go raised almost $140,000 in donations through internal pledges, payroll deductions, events, drawings, associate-related activities and company match.

    The overall United Way campaign goal for 2009 is $25.1 million, which was launched in mid-September, according to the newspaper report.

    Last year, United Way of Central Iowa invested more than $22 million into the community's most pressing issues, including education, income, health and immediate needs. The organization's programs focus on long-term solutions that address the community's most urgent human services conditions.

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