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Big Brothers Big Sisters mixing up donations





A Hays construction company is making a concrete effort to give back to the community.

APAC-Kansas Inc., Shears Division, has launched a year-long campaign to collect donations for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County. Customers ordering ready-mix concrete can contribute an extra $1 per cubic yard, and APAC will match every dollar up to $5,000 or 5,000 yards.

Randy Hattesohl, APAC branch manager, said it is the company's first foray into this type of philanthropy. Previous experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters convinced him the group was a worthy recipient.

"Stories of how the local group has affected kids in our area just kind of impacted me," Hattesohl said. "It really opened my eyes as to the needs of the children in our county, and how well this organization is run and how well they've been able to help those that do have certain needs."

APAC bought a vinyl print of the nonprofit's logo and placed it on its ready-mix truck to promote Big Brothers Big Sisters. A variety of customers are eligible to donate.

"From the small guy doing it himself to the corporate businesses here in town that are building homes, building schools, whatever, that have the opportunity to participate in it," he said.

Nancy Jeter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, said the recognition was a "wonderful surprise." The commitment will help expand the program and match more children with a role model.

"There are many worthwhile organizations in our community, and for that reason, we feel especially honored that we were chosen," Jeter said.

Children who are paired with mentors are more likely to stay out of trouble, improve in school, socialize better and grow up to become productive members of society, she said.