MITCHELL, S.D. – The Daily Republic newspaper here and its employees will donate $1,500 to the Wessington Springs Tornado Relief Fund.
The newspaper’s employees raised money as part of their weekly Jeans for Charity program. Each Friday, employees can wear jeans in exchange for $1, and the money is given periodically to charitable causes. Last week, extra donations were encouraged for the tornado relief fund.
Employee contributions, a match from The Daily Republic and a portion of the money raised by the Jeans for Charity program in previous weeks will be pooled to make a total donation of $1,500.
An EF2 tornado hit Wessington Springs on June 18 damaging about 50 homes. Wessington Springs is about 50 miles northwest of Mitchell.
Previously, Daily Republic employees have donated Jeans for Charity money to a local safehouse, a Christmas Angel Tree program and to a memorial park honoring a young girl killed by a drunk driver.
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.