Uniting for a Cause

Even a small contribution can go a long way. The United Way of East Mississippi has now reached 70 percent of its $700,000 goal.

Fundraising chairman Bubba Hampton and executive director Thad Quarles on Friday updated the thermometer that is tracking the progress.

"We're the single largest funding source for the 16 agencies. The 16 agencies reach every element of need in east Mississippi and west Alabama," said Hampton.

United Way supports agencies that help the young, the elderly and everyone in between.

“Meridian, east Mississippi, west Alabama, is just really a wonderful place to live and who can imagine what it would be like not to have United Way?" said Quarles. "Who can imagine what it would be like not to have the meals on wheels program that serves up 100,000 hot meals every year?"

Quarles said even donating one hour's pay each month would add up to a substantial gift. He says that may be done easily through payroll deduction and without pinching your budget too much.

Employees at Riley Hospital on Friday celebrated their role in supporting United Way.

Sara Carmichael said the employees were offered the incentive of a party, in which administrators would dress at The Village People and sing YMCA. Workers responded by exceeding the $10,000 and almost reaching $11,000 for United Way.

To find out how easy it is to make a contribution and help your community, call (601) 693-2732.

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