More pledges push United Way contributions to $156,000

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 21, 2007 - As you head off to your family’s Thanksgiving celebrations, remember to be thankful for the many individuals and businesses which give on a regular basis to charitable causes to help those less fortunate. 

This year, the community has really come through to aid those organizations, not only helping Hopkins County United Way meet its $145,000 goal but exceed it by at least $10,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon $156,000 had been pledged to United Way for 2007-2008, according to HCUW Executive Secretary Charlotte Henderson.

�This being the week of Thanksgiving, it seems so appropriate to thank all of you for making this happen," Henderson said. "We each have so much to be thankful for in our lives, and so many folks out there can also have a better life because of what our local United Way can offer.� Once again, that all happens because of you and your devotion to the cause."

Two businesses that have once again come through,  turning in donations after the last report meeting on Nov. 6, are Ocean Spray and Jeld-Wen. Donations from the  medical and civic communities have also continued to come in this month.

At Ocean Spray, the company gave $1,000 more than they had committed to at the last meeting for a final company pledge of $2,500. In addition, Ocean Spray’s employees gave $4,350, quite a bit over their original pledge of $3,000.

Jeld-Wen and its workers also gave an additional $l,075 more than expected. The company gave $2,500, and employees pledged $2,375. 

�It all adds up, and we are very excited,� Henderson said of the HCUW campaign total.

The many who annually reach deep into their pockets to give to Hopkins County United Way are to be commended and thanked for their efforts, which continue to make the program an annual success. Because of them, thousands of Hopkins County residents are assisted through the 16 programs HCUW helps support, from youth programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs, 4-H, Girl Scouts and Teen Court, to emergency, temporary and intervention assistance agencies such as Community Chest, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, Family Haven, Community Action Network, East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Child Protective Services, Northeast Texas Food Bank, Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center, Meal a Day Center, to mental health services and habitation programs such as Heritage Outreach Ministry Foundation and Our Place.

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