If Utahns donate $1 million to The Road Home charity that serves the homeless, it now has a way to stretch that into $2 million.
The Huntsman Family Foundation has pledged to match donations from the public dollar for dollar, up to $1 million, during its upcoming Holiday Mediathon on Dec. 19 and 20.
“The Huntsman Foundation contributes to The Road Home in a big way each year because we see how The Road Home skillfully and compassionately provides shelter and support to people in need,” Christena Huntsman Durham, a trustee for the charity, said in a news release.
Late billionaire philanthropist Jon Huntsman Sr. gave his first $1 million gift to the shelter in 1992 as he was headed to the hospital for cancer surgery. The Road Home said his family has donated more than $6.62 million for its operations and support through the years.
The Road Home said that it currently serves more than 700 people each night, including 175 children, in facilities that include its Midvale Family Center, the Men’s Resource Center and the Winter Overflow Shelter. It said it served more than 10,000 people last year.
During the Mediathon, several TV and radio stations will broadcast live from the Midvale Family Resource Center. Donations may also be made online at www.theroadhome.org.
Editor’s note: Jon Huntsman Sr.’s son Paul Huntsman is owner and publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune.