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United Way struggles to meet goal

December 16, 2003

Valdosta - Thirty-three people have a warm bed to sleep in and food to eat because of the New Horizons Shelter. "We're the major source for the indigent in this community," said Angela Rothrock, Shelter Director.

And New Horizons shelter keeps its doors open because of the United Way. "Without them, we would not be able to provide any of the people living here with food," said Rothrock. "They're a huge source of funding."

But the outlook for this year's United Way campaign is looking grim. "We're really struggling," said Kevin Conrad, Campaign Director. "If things don't look up, unfortunately the agencies we serve will not receive the money they need."

So far, the United Way has only raised $725,000 of their 1.4 million dollar goal. But they're still waiting on donations from some of their largest sponsors. "VSU, county and city employees, and South Georgia Medical Center, they're all great contributors and we hope that when we do get their donations, we'll be striking near one million," said Conrad.

And Conrad reminds people, this is the best time of year to give. "This is the time for tax planning and a donation to us would be a full tax write off," said Conrad. "You never know whose life your touching, and how many lives your changing," said Rothrock.

And the money you give could make the difference between living on the streets or in a warm, safe environment for countless needy people in Valdosta.

posted at 3:55 by ashley.harper@walb.com