To the editor:
I represent the United Way Campaign Team for the Adirondack Region. United Way funds 40 different agencies in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. I co-lead one of these agencies: the Champlain Valley Chapter of the Compassionate Friends. This is a self-help bereavement support group for families who have had children, grandchildren or a sibling die. This is run by volunteers only. With the funds from United Way we can send out newsletters, run meetings, host a memorial walk and candle-lighting ceremony, and also do other fun events for our members.
The United Way Campaign is in full swing this holiday season, and with everyone hustling around to make sure we check everyone off our holiday lists, I would like for you to consider giving a gift in honor or memory of a loved one to this year's United Way Campaign. Holiday shopping is exhausting, so why not save some time and drop off a donation to the United Way office on the Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh? There are always gifts to purchase for those hard-to-buy-for people on our lists. Why not give a gift that will keep on giving? One gift will help 40 partner agencies.
If you have already done your shopping for this season, think about other times of the year when you are invited to anniversary and birthday parties or retirement parties and you just don't know what to get. A gift to the United Way will take the guessing out of what to get them. Imagine how proud the honoree would feel opening a card with a message inside saying where the gift went in their name. Times are challenging in our world today. Please help our neighbors and together we will reach our goal. Last year alone, our 40 partner agencies helped more than 80,000 individuals collectively.