MITCHELL, S.D. – The Daily Republic here recently raised $150 for a local safehouse by allowing employees the chance to wear jeans to work.
During two days in April, which was national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Mitchell Area Safehouse asked local businesses to allow their employees to wear jeans to work April 23-25 in exchange for a monetary donation to the safehouse.
The Daily Republic encouraged employees to participate by donating at least a $1 for the right to wear jeans each day during the promotion. The effort raised $75 from employees, which was matched by the newspaper for a total donation of $150.
The program mirrored The Daily Republic’s existing Jeans for Charity program, which allows employees to wear jeans each Friday in return for a $1 donation. Through that program, the newspaper raises and donates hundreds of dollars to local charities each year.
The Daily Republic is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo, N.D., which owns dozens of newspapers, websites, television and radio stations, and commercial printing plants in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.