For the 15th straight year, Missouri state government employees pledged to give more than $1 million to the Missouri State Employee Charitable Campaign (MSECC), which benefits 784 different charities.
This year's theme, "Caring is Magical," raised $1,006,446 donated to 784 Missouri charities.
The MSECC is an annual fundraising effort organized by the Office of Administration, which provides state employees and retirees with the opportunity to donate to their favorite charitable organizations, either through one-time gifts or payroll deductions.
Donations have exceeded $1 million in 18 of the past 34 years and, since the MSECC's inception, state employees have raised more than $31 million for the charities.
"We lift up our communities, our state and our nation when we serve others and show compassion to those in need," Office of Administration Commissioner Sarah Steelman said in a news release. "The State of Missouri workforce continues to put the needs of our citizens first with another remarkable year of charitable giving.
"Their generosity is going to make a difference in the lives of so many Missourians and their families."
Among other notable highlights from this year's campaign:
More information is available at msecc.mo.gov.