United Way Makes Personal Appeal

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

The United Way of East Mississippi held its first annual day of calling, where volunteers manned the phones and called on individuals and businesses to support its charitable work.

Within the four hours, the United Way received between 150 and 200 pledges.

Fox Meridian and Newscenter 11 joined with the United Way Thursday evening for a live town hall meeting to share what the agency does and why it needs community help.

Executive director Thad Quarles says the reception from the community has been encouraging.

"The response has just been wonderful. They say, 'Oh, you're United Way, saw you on television last night; we know what you do in the community and we want to talk to you about that'," said Quarles.

Quarles says the calling drive should put the United Way back on track for meeting its goal.

The United Way is hoping to raise $800,000 through its 2005 campaign. They are currently at 80 to 85 percent of goal.

You have two weeks to help them reach the goal. The campaign ends January 31. You may contact the United Way for more information at (601) 693-2732.

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