Van Wyk State Farm Agency awards $500 to local nonprofit

State Farm Insurance Agent Kevin Van Wyk and staff present a check to representatives with Bethany Christian Services last week. 

PELLA — Local nonprofit Bethany Christian Services was awarded $500 from the Van Wyk State Farm Agency.

Since the start of COVID-19, State Farm has provided about $5.9 million in charitable giving across the country. The company offered every agent up to $500 to meet community needs to inspire others into action.

“State Farm wanted to allow us to help local nonprofits of our choice,” said State Farm Insurance Agent Kevin Van Wyk to the Herald. “I have personally seen how much help Bethany does for those in need, so I chose Bethany for the $500 that State Farm agreed to help me make possible.”

The gift will fund food and diapers for the nonprofit’s Start Small Project. The project is a family preservation program that provides local immigrant and refugee families with diapers, formula and other needs.

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that aims to bring and keep families together. The local South Central Iowa office began in Pella in 1983. Their mission statement is to demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus Christ by protecting children, empowering youth and strengthening families through quality social services.

The main service lines for the South Central Iowa branch include the Stronger Beginnings Program, domestic and international adoption programs, the Storyline Project and the Start Small Project.

“I personally couldn’t think of a better place to support than kids that are too small and vulnerable to help themselves,” continued Van Wyk. “It’s my and State Farm’s hope that our charitable giving will inspire others to help those in need.”

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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