Thumb Cellular Donates $2,000 to Area Charities

The votes are in, and Thumb Cellular is excited to announce $2,000 in donations to local charities, including $800 to My Friends Care Cancer Fund – In Honor of Lauren Hood.

For more than 10 years, employees at Thumb Cellular have participated in the “Casual for a Cause” effort.  Each Friday the employees at Thumb Cellular have the option to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $2 donation to the Casual Fund.  At the end of the year, the staff at Thumb Cellular selects charities to donate the funds they’ve collected. This year they decided to do it a bit differently.  They asked their customers to nominate a charity that they thought deserved the donation, then voting took place on the top five nominated charities.

The top five charities nominated were Thumb Industries, Human Development Commission’s Foster Grandparent Program, Kingston United Methodist Food Pantry, My Friends Care (In Honor of Lauren Hood) and Brown City Schools-Be the Change.  After 30 days of voting, over 5,000 votes were cast on the Thumb Cellular website and in the offices.

The charity that received the most votes was My Friends Care Cancer Fund – In Honor of Lauren Hood.  Lauren Hood is the 2 year old daughter of Shane and Colleen Hood of Caro.  She was recently diagnosed with a rare metabolic storage disorder called Hurler’s Syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Thumb Industries came in second place and received $500; Kingston United Methodist Church Food Pantry came in third place and received $300; fourth and fifth places went to Brown City – Be the Change and Human Development Commission’s Foster Grandparent Program which received $200 each.  For more information on these great organizations, visit

“We were overwhelmed by the participation from the community throughout this process.  I think they chose some great charities for us to donate to and hopefully also raised some awareness for these organizations in the process,” said Paul Picklo, Thumb Cellular general manager.