The United Way campaign for 2013 has been going on since August, and up to now the campaign has raised 22 percent of its goal of $2.4 million.

A number of major groups, including those involved in health care and manufacturing, have yet to finish their employee campaigns so the total may be misleading.

But in fundraising, nothing should be taken for granted in raising money to support the United Way of Northeast Mississippi, which operates in seven counties, including Union.

What is important locally is how much money is contributed by Union Countians because that determines how much money is returned to benefit worthy causes here.

This year we had $77,405 distributed to agencies that benefit Union County.

The largest benefactors this year were the Good Samaritan Food Pantry with $17,000, Boys and Girls Club of New Albany with $17,000, the New Haven Center with $9,500 and Lighthouse with $6,500. Twenty-six other agencies shared the rest.

Giving in our county is still below where it logically should be for a county of our size. The United Way supports worthwhile causes in our community, including the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and the Boys and Girls Club.

Charitable giving is an important part of our responsibility to society. Whether you give through the United Way or to some other worthwhile charity, we hope you will give what you can.

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