The Lycoming County United Way passed out a lot of thank yous to deserving volunteer award winners recently.
But it's important that potential givers to the United Way not interpret the event as a signal that the campaign is over.
Not by a long shot.
The United Way campaign raised $1,364,000 last year to distribute to 44 human services programs to meet a wide variety of community needs. The agencies providing those programs legitimately requested $170,000 in funds in excess of that collection in the spring.
United Way leader used that calculation to come up with a goal of $1,534,000 for the current campaign. To date, $900,000 has been collected.
So obviously, there is much work to be done in the United Way collections arena. Which is where you come in.
During this holiday season, think about the young and old, poor and homeless, illiterate and abused, as well as those visited by disasters are helped by these agencies.
Without these agencies and their programs, there would be a hole in our community. A moral hole. A hole that leaves our community missing something because we don't take care of those who need and deserve to be taken care of.
If you haven't given yet to the United Way campaign, search your soul in this season of giving and consider some donation.