Christmas came a few days early to the United Way of Elkhart County.

Officials learned Tuesday that a local person, who wishes to remain anonymous, was donating $200,000 to the agency’s 2009 fund-raising campaign. The gift pushes the total amount raised this year to just over $2 million. Last year, the campaign raised about $1.7 million.

“I was really very deeply touched and moved by that kind of generosity,” said United Way President Jerome Quatman. “When you receive a gift like that it makes you humble that people believe in the work that the United Way is doing.”

The only stipulation the donor family put on the gift was that it be spent in the same way the United Way spends its other funds.

The agency allocates funds to its 15 non-profit partner organizations, which serve the disabled, children, disaster relief efforts, cancer survivors, low-income families and education/self-sufficiency programs.

Quatman said the donor is familiar with the work the United Way does and trusts that the organization will do good things with the gift.

“He and his family have done well in Elkhart County and they wanted to give back,” Quatman said.

He said what is really great about the $200,000 gift is that it pushed the campaign to the $2 million mark because of all the other people in Elkhart County who gave.

“It was people who are struggling, working in factories who gave a little bit each week out of their paycheck,” he said. “The great thing about this community is it’s resiliance. We really care for each other. It’s not someone else coming in that makes the difference.”

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