Valdosta Daily Times

December 15, 2013

What We Think: The United Way needs help


The Valdosta Daily Times

- — At a time when most folks are reading the story of a young family turned away from an inn, a story in which a baby is born in a humble manger, many of us would like to think we would have given that family a safe place to stay, a comfortable place to rest, a crib for that small child.

Valdosta, after all, is a generous town. Lowndes County is a compassionate area. South Georgia is filled with the grace of the giving spirit.

The Greater Valdosta United Way needs to feel the effects of this spirit.

As of this past week, the area United Way has raised approximately 48 percent of its unofficial $1 million goal.

United Way donations are desperately needed each year.

Money from the United Way goes to the area food bank, shelters, children’s programs, emergency-relief programs. The United Way helps programs in agencies where you or your family or your friends or your neighbors may participate. The United Way funds agencies which you or a loved one may unexpectedly need to be there.

The United Way provides a real helping hand to local agencies that give a helping hand to people in need, daily, not just at this time of year, but every day of the year.

At this time of year, many wonder, would we have given that young, biblical couple a place to stay? If they knocked, would we have opened our doors?

We may never know the answer to that specific question, but by giving to the United Way, you may assure that families in similar straits have shelter and food.