In 2018, the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma sold 199 baked potatoes in support of the United Way of South Central Oklahoma. The organization set a goal of 250 for their fundraiser this year and nearly doubled that number by the end of it.
“We blew that out of the park,” said Family Shelter Director Kathy Manning. A total of 445 potatoes were sold, raising a total of $2,794 for United Way. “It was very, very successful and absolutely amazing,” she said.
The orders kept coming in even after the cut off date on Monday, Sept. 23, Manning said. “We just had to have a cutoff date so that we made sure we had enough supplies to be able to feed everyone that actually did put their order in,” she said.
Several organizations throughout Ardmore also donated supplies for the fundraiser and Manning said the shelter received several compliments of the tastiness of the potatoes, ranging from plain to cheesy to loaded.
Manning said the baked potato fundraiser has consistently been one of the most successful fundraisers the Family Shelter holds for United Way and all of the proceeds are redistributed into the community through United Way.
“I honestly think that people are just so generous that they were wanting to give back to a great cause,” Manning said. “United Way helps so many
different partner agencies and when people are asked to help and assist in a certain area, they are willing.”
Although the baked potato fundraiser has come to an end, United Way of South Central Oklahoma is always taking donations, Manning said. To make a contribution, visit www.uwsco.org or call 580-223-1401.