Still time to pledge

Time is growing short for you to help in this year’s United Way of Northeast Mississippi campaign.

The United Way, which serves seven counties, including Union, has reached 80 percent of its $2.4 million goal. So far, $1,913,968 has been pledged in the 2013 campaign.
It’s important that Union Countians pledge their share to the campaign because the amount of money contributed locally determines how much money is returned to benefit worthy causes here.
In the current year, $77,405 was distributed to agencies that benefit Union County.
The largest benefactors this year were the Good Samaritan Food Pantry with $17,000, Boys and Girls Club of New Albany with $17,000, the New Haven Center with $9,500 and Lighthouse with $6,500. Twenty-six other agencies shared the rest.
Giving in our county is still below where it logically should be for a county of our size. Frankly, we do not have enough businesses, industries and individuals participating in the annual campaign.
The United Way supports worthwhile causes in our community, including the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and the Boys and Girls Club.
 We hope you will do your part and give what you can.