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A Christmas Present For People Who Truly Need It

A Christmas Present For People Who Truly Need It
Ag business and its employees show what Christmas is about.

You've likely read already that Harvest Land Co-op in east-central Indiana is donating to a good cause based on how much propane they sell to customers this winter. The cause is the Wounded Warriors in Action program. The company donates three cents per gallon for every gallon sold. That includes propane for drying grain, heating home and fueling vehicles and ag businesses.

Harvest Land said they would contribute up to $25,000 if the three cents per gallon reached that total.

Still going: Halfway home and with the first half already on its way to those in need, the Harvest Land Co-op truck continues to roam east-central Indiana. For each gallon sold, Harvest Land is donating three cents to the Wounded Warriors project, up to a total of $25,000 for the season.

Just a few days ago at the company Christmas party with 430 employees, held in Richmond, Harvest Land management surprised the employees by bringing Mark Broda to the stage. He's the Senior Associate with the wounded Warriors in Action program, and a Purple Heart recipient. He reaffirmed that all money collected through the program this winter will go toward providing outdoor activities for local wounded veterans.

Then Broda got his own surprise, notes Lindsay Sankey, communications specialist for Harvest Land Co-op. Stan Hicks, COO of Harvest Land, Shane Young, Propane Region Manager, Johnny Blevins, who drives the specially marked truck honoring veterans and Santa Claus himself, aka Kevin Peterson with Harvest Land, surprised Broda with a check for the first half of the pledged amount.

He received a check to take home to the organization for $12,500. That much had already been accumulated at three cents per gallon for every gallon of propane sold since the vent began, Sankey says.

"The donation from Harvest Land is not only incredible in and of itself, but it is an awesome display of community," Broda remarked, after being presented with the check. "As a very lean non-profit, community support is our primary means of sustaining our operations, and a cash donation like this will allow us to support multiple events."

Could there be a better example of Christmas spirit, and the reason for the season? Congratulations to Harvest Land and everyone in east-central Indiana who is making this a reality for our finest, in their time of need.

Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly named Stan Hicks as Harvest Land CEO. Hicks is COO. The error has been corrected above.

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