United Way of Angelina Co. kicks off first week with a bang

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After only a few days since kicking off their campaign, United Way is raising money left and right.

More than 150 volunteers are hoping to raise $600,000 this year.

The money will benefit 23 area agencies.

Friday, committee members from the united way insurance division raised the bar with collecting 6% of the entire amount.

This is the 18th year and a row they have come in first!

"We started a couple of weeks ago with the fundraiser and we reached our goal yesterday.  It surprised me because of Ike and all, we were concerned that might cause problems for us, but the insurance division came through again," says Theda Mosely.

Every Friday, United Way committee members will paint the thermometer until the campaign is over and they've reached their $600,000 goal.  To donate, go to UnitedWay.org.