Kyle Keator picked up his second Good Samaritan Bonus check of 2014 at the end of October after posting 12 straight months of at least $10,000 in personal production.
Keator, who lives with his family in Dublin, Ohio, selected Care Train of Union County to receive a check for $1,000 to help in its effort to aid those in need around the community of Union County.
Care Train of Union County, Ohio is a non-profit organization committed to assisting families and residents of Union County by providing food and toys to those families and people experiencing economic difficulties during the holiday season.
Keator said this is the perfect time of year to give back to those less fortunate. "What I like about the GSB is Andy and Jane are getting us into the spirit of giving and it has hit home to my family," Keator said. "The reason why my family (it is a family matter) chose the care train is because it is a great cause that is local to our community."
"During the holiday season there are so many people in America that have been hit hard during the last years and if we can make just one more family have a better Christmas then that is what we are going to do. The Care Train is about family and we knew it was a great fit for this one."
Dave Laslow, who founded Care Train in 1987, said his vision was to make a difference in the community. Laslow, a long-time Marysville resident, has been working with volunteers to provide food vouchers for qualified families and toys for children during the holiday season. In addition, food vouchers are provided to disabled and senior citizens. Built on strong commitment of serving and giving, the organization raises funds and collects contributions to distribute to those in need throughout Union County.
The program, which began as a cardboard box placed inside the entrance of Laslow's local Burger King, has since grown into a non-profit organization with dozens of volunteers. The live auction, broadcast on Time Warner Cable, is always held on the second Saturday of December and serves as the highlight and grand finale for the community fundraiser.
The Care Train of Union County is managed by a part time executive director and governed by a group of dedicated community members who are committed to fulfilling holiday dreams. The Care Train Team also includes countless volunteers who assist with securing auction items, solicitation sponsors, gathering toys, setting up for the Care Train Auction and finally, distributing toys and food vouchers to families in need.