The nation's troubled economy didn't deter this area's federal workers from contributing to help those in need.

The 2008 Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign collected $2,278,923 to exceed its $2 million goal. Donors designated $1,146,156 of that total to local charities in the community.

"We're here to celebrate another victory for the Tennessee Valley Combined Federal Campaign," Donna Johnson, chairman of the Local Federal Coordinating Committee, said during the CFC awards program Feb. 2 in the Bob Jones Auditorium.

"We had another great campaign this year," she said. "Not only did we meet our goal but we exceeded our goal."

Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, commander of the Aviation and Missile Command and chairman of the Tennessee Valley CFC, presented awards to individuals and organizations that participated.

"I thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts," Myles said.

He pointed out that the $2.2 million in contributions represents the highest amount ever contributed in the Tennessee Valley campaign. "The work force you have wants to help others," Myles said.