MERIDIAN — Michael A. Van Veckhoven, Meridian
There is no United Way without you
We wish to thank everyone who helped on the United Way campaign. Our sincere thanks and appreciation also goes to all the people who gave.
It is hard to decide who needs the help the most: a child who starts life's struggle with the burden of a handicap; or the older person trying to spend his last days with dignity; or families caught in the tangle of circumstance; or people out of work, and out of hope.
Giving to United Way assures that people that need help get help. It also assures that the money given during each year's campaign goes as far as it can to help as many people as possible.
Many people do not realize that agencies providing services to the mentally and physically handicapped, emotionally troubled, the aged and the sick might not be available if it were not for the United Way. Also community programs, CPR training, mental health programs, Scouting, family services and medical programs — these and dozens of others are here for all of us.
Now more than ever, the agency needs your increased support, not simply as an act of giving, but an act of helping those in need. Perhaps we cannot help each individual as we would like, but we can reach out to them throughout the collective resources of the United Way.
Your contribution is an investment in people, and no other investment has such a high rate of return.
Finally, there are many ways the United Way helps, but only if you help because without you there is no way.
Maureen Files, United Way