Angelina County United Way raises extra funds to help with shortfall

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It is the holiday season and Angelina County United Way board members and campaign chairmen took a moment Friday to reflect on a very successful campaign despite a very challenging 2009 year.

The campaign had hoped to raise $525,000 for the 23 agencies that the United Way supports.  They ended up exceeding their goal by $115,000, which means they will now be able to give additional allocations to the agencies.  That's good news because some of the agencies had reported as much as a 40% decrease in state and local funding and donations, while the demand on the services has doubled and in some cases tripled.

"To have exceeded our goal by is just fantastic," said Campaign Chairman Jay Jackson.  "I could not have done it without the tremendous support from the community, the United Way campaign workers and staff."

"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.  Lufkin Industries was the campaign's biggest industry donation, contributing $251,433.

Stacy said this year is special because despite the tough economic times, his employees 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.

"Angelina County is a great place to live.  The people are generous and when it comes to helping the United Way help those who need it most, they come through year after year and we are eternally grateful for their support," said Bob Brown 2008 United Way Board President.

"We can't say enough how much we appreciate the people in this community who unselfishly make donations to help support the United Way and to the volunteers who work the campaign drive.  Because of you, the United Way works," said Trent Ashby 2009 United Way Board President.