For years, Mrs. Carol donated each month to the United Way of Lee County through payroll deduction. She was grateful for her stable job, home in Beauregard and loving family and wanted others in her community to have the same comfort and peace of mind.
On March 3, 2019, her whole world changed. She lost her husband and her home in the devastating tornadoes that hit Lee County. She had never needed help, never had to lean on strangers, but now she couldn’t do it on her own. In a moving full-circle moment, she told me this story when the United Way came to help rebuild her home after she lost everything. We simply never know what tomorrow holds.
Last year ...
• 1,442 youth were provided with safe after school programs
• 253 forensic interviews were provided to children that have been abused or witnessed crimes
• 206 individuals received services to help them escape domestic violence and lead a better life
• 7800 hot meals were delivered to homebound seniors
• over 900,000 lbs of food were distributed to families with food insecurity
• 129 seniors living independently were provided with assistance to keep them living in their own homes
• 388 children received Christmas gifts through the Angel Tree Program
This year the need is even greater, but we still have a long way to go before we’re able to reach this year’s campaign goal and fund these programs and services. Consider this: If even just 10% of Lee County residents gave $10 each month to the United Way, we would double our goal of $925,000. Just $10 each month would change our community, and that’s my challenge to you. Donate at www.unitedwayofleecounty.com.
We’re looking forward to the holiday season and the wishes we’re able to make come true thanks to all of you! I hope you’ll join us for special holiday photos in downtown Auburn during Holidays on the Corner on Nov. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.