NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, donated $450,570 for the United Way of America during the recent "Neighbor to Neighbor, Heart to Heart" campaign. Also collected were a record 81 boxes of canned food that will be distributed to hundreds of needy families by five local agencies.

"We demonstrated, as we do every year, that JPLers are good and caring neighbors," said Blaine Baggett, executive manager of JPL's Office of Communication and Education, who served as this year campaign manager. "Our food drive will help hundreds of needy families during the holiday season, and we hope the nearly half million dollars raised will have a positive impact on our area throughout the year."

The money raised is equivalent to a donation of almost $100 per JPL employee. 56 employees made contributions of $1,000 or more.

JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.