United Way superhero campaign raises nearly $2 million

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Some much needed funding is on the way to 20 South Mississippi non-profits, which is welcome news in this rocky economy. The money is coming from The United Way of Jackson and George Counties.  The organization announced Thursday it raised nearly $2 million to help make a positive impact in the community.

One by one, 13 super heroes unveiled the results of the United Way's 2010 fundraising efforts. The superhero citizen's campaign raised more than $1.9 million that will be put to work in Jackson and George Counties to fight poverty, educate the community and improve the quality of life.

"Every year it is important to raise money, but because of the times and those who are truly in need, our services are that much more in need," said Campaign Chairmen Richard Shcenk.

One of the major organizations said it is grateful for any extra cash for the Boys and Girls Club in Gautier.

"Now being the holidays, we know times are going to get tough for the families, so we are trying to provide a home away from home for kids," Club Director Lafrieda Ray said.

Organizations also help keep kids, like Arrion White, out of trouble.

"I have learned that never be on the streets," Arrion White said.

United Way didn't quite reach its $2 million mark this year. But guest speaker, Rebecca Powers motivated everyone at the event to still continue giving to their neighbors in need because every dollar counts.

"You are being a tool, an instrument and showing God's love. God's work on earth should truly be our own," Rebecca Powers said.

A positive message United Way hopes will help the organization surpass its goal next year.

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