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The United Way of the Ozarks finished its annual campaign this morning at a victory breakfast. KSMU's Emily Nash reports on why this campaign was a victory for the United Way.
The United Way of the Ozarks can celebrate after a victorious campaign this year.
By raising almost 2 thousand dollars more than the goal set in August, the United Way now has one of its largest budgets with which to work.
John Wilson, campaign chair says the United Way set the campaign goal higher this year.
Representatives from different industries in Springfield such as health care, public service, and commerce reported money they raised throughout the campaign at a victory breakfast this morning.
Wilson says the money raised during the annual campaign determines the budget the United Way has to help out different non-profit agencies in Springfield.
This year, the funds will help a new program called Hunger Hurts Kids.
Wilson says the program gives kids backpacks with food in them to take home Friday afternoons after school.
The total raised this year for the United Way of the Ozarks campaign was three million, six hundred seventy one thousand, and nine hundred thirty two dollars. (3,671,932)