They came wearing Santa hats.
It was Tuesday, and employees of Missouri Employers Mutual had arrived at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia with the red-and-green hats and a donation of $5,000.
Valorie Livingston, the club’s executive director, said the gift was a surprise.
“And what a wonderful surprise for Giving Tuesday,” she said.
She also said the money will be used to support the club’s recently expanded facilities, including a culinary kitchen, recording studio and gymnasium with a performing arts stage.
The Boys and Girls Club was one of five Columbia nonprofits that received a gift from Missouri Employers Mutual on Giving Tuesday. The others were Meals on Wheels of Columbia, Heart of Missouri United Way, First Chance for Children and The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
“It’s been a fun morning,” said Revee White, spokeswoman for Missouri Employers Mutual.
“Hopefully all of them were surprised,” she said. “Maybe they had an inkling with it being Giving Tuesday.”
White said that the company gave $5,000 to each of the nonprofits, except for The Food Bank, which received $10,00 and United Way, which received $31,000 worth of checks and equipment to help support health and safety for the workplace.
JoNetta Weaver, the executive director of Meals on Wheels, said the donation will go straight into meals for the elderly in Columbia.
“Very exciting way to start off giving Tuesday,” she said.