Bonus check from General Mills aids Ky. Baptist school

Originally published in Western Recorder –

Oneida—A $9,600 bonus check was a “Christmas surprise” for Oneida Baptist Institute, a Kentucky Baptist boarding school in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.

The check from General Mills Box Tops was a result of the many box tops and Campbell’s Soup labels collected by the school over the past six months.

Oneida’s donations coordinator, Keshia Woods, and her husband Mark are instrumental in the donation process each year. After the box tops are donated, they and other volunteers prepare them to be sent to General Mills.

The money awarded by General Mills is used for various student-related projects. Last year’s collections were used for the high school classrooms. This year, Oneida plans to use the funds for its science and drama departments.

“The money goes to buy things for (students) that they would need for their programs,” Woods said.

Oneida has been collecting box tops for at least the 12 years that Woods has been employed there. The school collects box tops year round and submits them twice a year.

The school has no set goal for each year, but every box top is worth 10 cents.

“One person can send $5 or $6 worth of box tops, and one can send $500 or $600 worth through certificates,” Woods said. A church sent several thousand dollars-worth of certificates to Oneida this year, she added.

One donor said, “I’m glad my few joined with so many others to make this (check) happen!” (WR)