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United Way surpasses its 2009 goal

For George Lokey, the thermometer is always red.

As United Way board chairman, Mr. Lokey has been pleased to see the campaign exceed its goals the past few years. Board members met Dec. 15 to update the big thermometer on Main Street.

"I'm thankful to everybody that participated," Mr. Lokey said. "McDuffie County never ceases to amaze me how they pitch in and see that the job gets done and raise more than the goal every year. We appreciate it."

The 2009 campaign, which started in October, had a goal of $130,000.

"With the economic times, we didn't know how it would be," Mr. Lokey said. "Yet it seemed like the people came together a little bit stronger."

"Stronger" equaled $132,000, or nearly 102 percent of the goal.

The annual United Way campaign benefits 14 agencies through automatic payroll deductions.

Even if the employees work in another county, they are able to designate their money go to benefit the county where they live.

Charles Bellman, the executive director of United Way for McDuffie and Warren counties, said he receives money from Jacksonville and Greensborough of people who have designated for it to come to McDuffie County.

The recipients are: the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Club of Thomson, Georgia-Carolina Boy Scout Council, CSRA Girl Scout Council, Family Y. GA-TASC, Golden Harvest Food Bank, MANNA, McDuffie County 4-H, McDuffie County Special Olympics, Partners for Success, Salvation Army -- McDuffie County Unit, Sand Hills Psychoeducational Center, and the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation and Leisure Services.

Grants will be given early next month.

Web posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009

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