Editorial: United Way

Editorial: United Way

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, October 2, 2012:

Today more than ever, our children need guidance, development and support. Parents, who are working hard to support their families, need support.  The Boys Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Camp Fire USA, the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers and Big Sisters all work to that end and they're here making a difference because they are funded in part by the United Way.

Families struggling with health issues depend upon the research being done through Easter Seals, the American Heart Association, and the Sickle Cell Disease Association.  The United Way provides critical funding for them.

Whether it's blood transfusions or storm relief provided by the American Red Cross, shelter or family support provided by the Salvation Army, fundamental reading skills taught by the Literacy Council…most of us, our family or friends have been touched by a United Way funded agency.   There are more than 80 of those agencies in our region.

Every dollar helps.  $15 buys transportation for a senior citizen to a medical appointment…$17 buys a tutoring session for a child struggling to read.

We can make a difference… with our dollar, or five or ten.  All of the United Way agencies providing critical services to our families are underfunded and over-worked.   Please help in any way you can.  What do you think?

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