Officials with United Way of East Mississippi celebrated reaching the 60 percent mark in pledges, as it works toward an $800,000 goal for its 14 member agencies.
The annual fundraising drive has been extended through Jan. 31.
"We still have a good ways to go, but we know we'll get there, and this time of the year the true meaning is giving," said Brian Finnegan, campaign chairman. "And everyone has given so much already and we're just so thankful of that, but the need continues and our agencies, as they get into their 2006 budget year, they have increased needs."
With hurricanes along the Gulf Coast causing so much need, giving to the United Way has been slower than usual.
Officials hope to reach the $800,000 goal by the end of January, so member agencies like Care Lodge, the Salvation Army, and the Boys and Girls Club don't have to trim their budgets.