Employees at Target Distribution Center in Midlothian presented the United Way of West Ellis Counties (UWWEC) $1,200 in pennies as part of a check for $1,940. “It’s pretty impacting to see $1,200 worth of pennies than a check for $1,200,” UWWEC Executive Director Casey Ballard said. “It’s amazing what this group has done. It really shows what happens when people are dedicated to making a difference, even if they’re donating pennies – it adds up.” The company held a penny war, with each department competing against each other to collect the most pennies in their jar. Departments could sabotage each other’s collections by putting in other coins or dollar bills, which subtracted from the number of pennies collected. General Manager Scott Gianoni came up with the idea to hold a penny war, but the employees made it a fierce competition. The company held a rally at the beginning of the competition with employees, individuals from the community and United Way representatives talking about the impact the organization makes in the lives of so many. The additional money in $1,940 check came from sports fundraising competitions the employees participated in.