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      Residents get sandy for United Way

      Adams County residents hit the sand Saturday to give back to a local organization.

      Prince Agri Products teamed up with United Way of Adams County to sponsor a volleyball tournament at the Grove Inn.

      "United Way does nothing but help the community it's a great organization to come out and support," said James McHatton, volleyball participant.

      McHatton was on just one of the ten teams that came out to compete in the first annual "Partnering for a Better Community" volleyball tournament. While his team didn't make it far, McHatton is still happy knowing his entry fee is going to support the United Way.

      "All the proceeds go to United Way and anything Prince Agri Products that raises within it's employees Prince Agri Products doubles it for them," said Bandy Foote, from Prince Agri Products.

      The United Way of Adams County is a non profit charitable organization that aims at strengthening the community through education, income and health. But it also relies on the community for support.

      "United Way can not do what it does without the help of our corporate partners, our non profit partners and most especially the volunteers and donors from the community," said Laura Hyde, campaign and communications associate for United Way of Adams County."That is what makes our work possible."

      One of those partners is Prince Agri Products which helped sponsor the event. The money raised from the volleyball tournament will fund some of United Ways short term needs and long term objectives.

      "So meeting then necessities like food, clothing, shelter, medication things like that," said Hyde. "As for long term objectives it's for academic success for health assessments and creating a health community."

      And supporting those plans is important to McHatton but so is winning next years volleyball tournament.

      "It's a great feeling knowing that everyone came together for a great cause," said McHatton. "But next year we're going to come back and do a lot better."