Paducah Local 550 Shares the Holiday Spirit

Local 550 members and the local’s Women of Steel group at the former Paducah, Ky., gaseous diffusion plant cleanup site donated toys, food and money to area service groups and those less fortunate than themselves.

“No child should ever go without having that joy on Christmas morning with presents,” Local 550 Vice President At-Large Jim Key told NBC affiliate Channel 6 about the local’s collection of bikes and toys for the Toys for Tots program.

Paducah contractors Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, Mid-America Conversion Services and Swift & Staley partnered with Local 550 in providing corporate matching funds.

The local and contractors also raised money for several area service groups: Sunrise Children’s Services, Starfish Orphan Ministry and Cassidy’s Cause therapeutic riding academy.

In addition, Local 550 members collected canned goods, non-perishable food items and cash donations worth over $2,300 while maintaining Covid-19 practices at an outdoor holiday fair.

“I am very thankful of our generous members who donated their money, canned and non-perishable items, and most importantly their time to collect items for those who are less fortunate,” Key said.

Each year for the past 15 years, Local 550 and the Paducah contractors have jointly raised a quarter-million dollars to help area service organizations and charities.

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