United Way exceeds 2009 fundraising goal

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE)- Today marks the final day for United Way's fundraising efforts, and there's good reason to celebrate.

"To have exceeded our goal by, you know, make it 122 percent, it's just fantastic," said Campaign Chairman Jay Jackson.

Twenty-three agencies around the county have depended on United Way contributions. All involved have worked hard to spread the giving spirit.

"The more you give, the more prosperous you are and I think this is a testimony today of our giving," said Tim Stacy of Lufkin Industries.

He says this year is special because despite the tough economic times, the people have worked hard to raise enough money and give back to those in need.

"Our folks are on short weeks. We've had some plants shut down, of course we've even had some lay- offs and yet people are still willing to give to the community. So that's very, very special to me to see the giving nature of Lufkin Industries and Angelina County. The whole community is struggling right now and yet they're willing to give," said Stacy.

This money means everything for organizations like the Angelina County Child Welfare.

"They have dramatically cut programs for abused and neglected children. So this money becomes even more important for what the state doesn't pay for," said President for the Chair of the Angelina County Welfare Board Wayne Haglund.

This year's fundraising goal was $525,000. United Way ended their fundraising with more than $638,000.

It's funding that will go far in helping these kids along with families, employees and various programs across East Texas.

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