More than 4,000 state employees have donated more than $575,000 dollars during the latest State Employee Charitable Giving campaign.
The money supports a number of groups, such as the Nebraska Chapter of National Hemophilia Foundation.
Kristin Henson of Lincoln volunteers with the chapter, which she says has been invaluable in helping her cope with the disease which both her young sons have contracted. Henson says her father suffered from the disease and had a much harder time coping.
“Now, it’s better known. I didn’t have to go to a special doctor when I was pregnant. I didn’t have to do anything, but there are specialists in that field now,” Henson says. “And it’s getting more widely known thanks to events like the United Way and Community Health Charities and things like this where we can talk about it and understand what it is a little bit more.”
The money given by state employees helps 400 organizations supported by the Community Health Charities of Nebraska, the Community Services Fund, and 17 local United Way Nebraska Chapters.
Henson says the chapter also helps families cope with the costs. She says the drugs her sons take every other day are the second most expensive drugs sold in America, from $9,000 to $13,000 a dose.
Money contributed to the campaign also helps groups such as the Girl Scouts.
Lincoln East High School Senior Mia Azizah came to Nebraska from Indonesia during her 7th Grade year.
“Five years ago, speaking English was one of the hardest barriers that I had to overcome,” Azizah says. “At that time, I was very nervous about adapting to a new environment. But, it all changed when I joined Girl Scouts. Through Girl Scouts, I found a good, positive and safe environment. It encouraged me to gain self-confidence and believe in myself.”
Since 2003, state employees have given $4.6 million through the State Employee Charitable Giving campaign.