To the editor:
An elderly neighbor receives lunch through the Meals on Wheels. Three new families are in line for the food pantry because, no matter how hard they try, the money isn't enough to provide housing, utilities and food for the family. Families are in need of assistance with utility bills; disabled people can't afford their insulin. Mothers need help buying winter coats for their young children, and a young family learns that their son has cancer and needs to leave the state for treatment, but they can't afford the gas to take him. A mother and her children flee for their lives, and with the help of Stop Domestic Violence, they have a safe place to stay and the emotional support they need to live a better life. Area youth attend meetings where they learn valuable life skills and leadership through the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
It's hard to believe that most of these scenarios take place on a daily basis in our community. We get so caught up in our daily routines that we don't take time to notice what's taking place around us. Imagine the impact you could have on these situations with a single donation to the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc.
No one is immune to the problems facing our community today. In our ever-changing world, you never know when a family member, neighbor or even you may need a United Way service. Job loss, loss of a loved one, illness, disability and natural disaster know no boundaries. Your gift ensures that United Way services are available when they're needed.
United Way makes it possible to give ONE gift that supports 41 different local programs and services. Your ONE gift does so much good, and the best part is 100 percent of donated funds remain right here in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Where else can you make this kind of investment in your community?
When you participate in the United Way campaign, you are saying "Yes" to becoming part of the change, "Yes" to building a stronger community for us all to live and raise our families. Your gift, combined with hundreds of others, makes a difference EVERY DAY in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
Our goal is $775,000, but it's not only about meeting the goal. It's about meeting the need, which continues to be very strong in these trying times. Thank you for considering a contribution to the United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. If you have questions about how to donate, please contact us at 518-563-0028 or visit our website at www.unitedwayadk.org. Your donation today will make a difference every day.