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December 28, 2011

Campaign nears its end; raises more than $276,000

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 — The United Way of Stanly County has had a successful campaign this year according to Campaign Chair Melissa Eudy of Stanly Community College.

As of Dec. 22, the campaign total is $276,771.04, however, with several days to go before the official end of the campaign, donations are still coming in.

“The results from this year’s campaign are very close to last year’s which speaks highly of the giving spirit of our donors given the current economic situation,” Eudy said.

Despite the financial hardships many across the county are facing, the organization continues to be strongly supported by  individual donors, businesses and volunteers, Eudy said.

“While many industries in Stanly County have ceased to exist or have changed tremendously in their employments and purposes, the citizens of this wonderful area continue to give from the heart,” she said.

Christy Bogle, executive director of Stanly County United Way, said she believes people have continued to contribute this year because the need has touched close to home for many.

“A lot of people this year have connected with the need because it’s so apparent right now. Just about everyone knows someone in need,” Bogle said.

Blitz Day, Ladies Fall Crawl and Guest Chef fundraisers have all kept the momentum of the campaign going, Bogle said.

The top four campaigns this year were: Uwharrie Capital, $44,351.12; Michelin Aircraft Tire, $36,683.99; City of Albemarle, $19,808.22; and Stanly Regional Medical Center, $18,287.75.

Bogle stressed that small donations also play a large role in helping United Way reach its goal.

“The small numbers add up a ton,” Bogle said.

“We understand times are tough and we appreciate every dollar we get.”

Funds raised during the campaign will support United Way’s 14 member agencies: American Red Cross, Stanly County Chapter; Community Care Clinic; Crisis Assistance Fund; GHA, Inc.; Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council; Homes of Hope; Mental Health Advocates; Monarch; O.A.S.I.S.; Rescue Unit of Stanly County; Stanly County 4-H Clubs; Stanly County Family YMCA; Stanly County Habitat for Humanity; and Stanly County Senior Services Department.

The funding received from the annual campaign, Eudy said, is vital for United Way to be able to bridge the community to the valuable resources offered by the member agencies.

“We promise to continue building that bridge with the resources that our citizens so graciously allocate,” Eudy said.

The United Way of Stanly County 2011 campaign will run through Dec. 31.

Those who are still interested in donating to United Way of Stanly County may call (704) 982-6916.

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