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Rutter's Farm Stores left some charitable decisions up to its employees at the end of last year.

To finish the year, York County-based Rutter's provided many employees with $1,000 checks and asked them to give to organizations that they felt deserved the donation, according to a release from the company.

During the holiday season, more than 20 checks were given out to local charities and organizations, according to the company.

Organizations that benefited from the generosity of Rutter's and its employees included:

• Central Pennsylvania Food Bank

• Children's Home of York

• Hospice and Community Care

• Life Path Children's Ministries

• Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital

• Red Lion Area Community Service

• Salvation Army

• Shiloh American Legion — Veteran's Foundation

• Springettsbury Township Police

• Veteran's Helping Hand

• York County SPCA

Additionally, Rutter's announced that its charitable donations in 2016 totaled $810,000, which was a new annual giving record for the company. Rutter's has donated more than $6 million in the last 10 years.

The company said $357,000 of 2016's total went to children's education organizations, and $224,000 of that went to creative arts organizations.

A full list of charities receiving support from Rutter's can be found here.

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