Donation from Merck Helps EAUS

ELKTON, Va. -- An organization that helps others now has a new place to help people in need. Elkton Area United Services have waited at one office in the organization's crowded thrift store for help for years.

Mercka and Company, a longtime partner of EAUS, donated $40,000 to renovate the building next door. They will present that check at the new building in Elkton at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The building includes office space, as well as an emergency pantry with food and other items like diapers.

There are also offices for people to get help as well as a meeting space.

Executive Director Marsha Deavers said that before they had the new space, people had to wait for help in a store.

"When you came in to ask for help, you had to come into the thrift store and stand in the Housewares department and wait for your appointment with our client services manager. Having this property will enable our clients to preserve their dignity as well as their privacy when they come into ask for help," Deavers said.

Now, people who are seeking assistance will have more privacy. EAUS started officially using the new building in November.

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