Range Resources usually takes to the streets of downtown Washington this time of year to collect money for the 2000 Turkeys Campaign, a program through the Greater Washington County Food Bank that ensures families in need have meals, especially during the holiday season.

Due to the pandemic, Range had to come up with an alternative way to donate funds for the campaign and decided to move forward with a telethon, which was held on November 24. Over the course of one hour, Range was able to donate a total of $68,000, which includes a $25,000 contribution from the Range Good Neighbor program. This year was one of the most successful fundraising campaigns Range has accomplished for the cause.

The biggest surprise came just minutes before the telethon ended with Washington County Community Foundation donating a whopping $25,000 to the 2000 Turkeys Campaign.

“The holidays always bring a sense of nostalgia and generosity and so we thought it would be a really fun and unique way to stay connected with our community and come together to help families in our region, especially during these difficult times,” Public Affairs Director, Laural Ziemba said.

With an impressive hour-long lineup from area leaders, such as Senator Camera Bartolotta, Representative Jason Ortitay, and Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan, to local musicians and long-time supporters, the community truly came together in a time of need to help the food-insecure in Washington County. The funds donated by Range Resources during the telethon will benefit over 18,000 people in need.

Read more here in the Observer-Reporter.