Sampson County citizens are known for their giving spirit. It’s a fact we often repeat, but we don’t believe it can be said enough. Whether it’s raising money for cancer survivors, buying a fish or shrimp plate to help the Shriners, Lions or Rotarians with special projects or helping local schools meet special fundraising goals, when people are asked to contribute, they do so at an optimum level.
That continues to be true today, even in the leaner economic times we have experienced over the past few years, a testimony to the understanding Sampsonians have of how helping others ultimately improves the quality of life for everyone.
To that end, thousands upon thousands of Sampsonians from all walks of life have made sincere choices to give of their own resources to help those in greatest need, both here and across the world. We see it every week, as benefits, sings, plate sales, missionary trips and toy and food drives meet their goals.
As we’ve opened our hearts — and our purse strings — we’ve never forgotten our own backyard as well. We hope this year will be no different.
In that backyard is an organization that touches, in some way, nearly every life in Sampson County, and assists with everything from education and outreach to programs that benefit the poor and the elderly.
That organization is the United Way of Sampson County. The organization’s board kicked off its 2013 campaign Oct. 15, setting as its goal $175,000, money which will be put back into the local economy through member agencies that benefit thousands upon thousands of us day in and day out.
As in year’s past, we believe residents, many who offer contributions through payroll deductions, will come through with the help United Way needs.
All of you, like us, understand how important this agency is to our community and want to do our part.
The local United Way continues to do great good within our neighborhoods and for our neighbors, providing food, shelter and clothing to those in greatest need; meeting the needs of families often homeless, down on their luck and without power or a means of paying their rent; assisting boys and girls grow emotionally, physically, educationally and spiritually; and filling a plethora of other needs within our own community and, in many cases, within our own families.
People within Sampson County — business men and women, minimum-wage employees, professional and industrial leaders — have shown their support for United Way year after year, raising since its inception in the early 1990s over $2 million.
This year, United Way’s organizers are counting on us, as a community, to continue that tradition of helping others.
No question, with the giving hearts of Sampson County’s citizens, the $175,000 goal can be met and exceeded as we join together to provide for our own as we always seem to do. Smithfield employees and local school systems are already doing their part for the cause, setting the pace — and the example — we hope the rest of us will follow.
It’s all about caring and choosing to channel that caring into the action of giving. It doesn’t take great amounts of money; it just takes everyone giving what they can.
For as little as what we might spend in a week at the nearby snack machine, we can provide hands-on science equipment for children; provide wheelchair ramps for our physically challenged neighbors; help children learn fire safety; and provide outreach to youngsters who need the assurance that someone out there cares.
In essence, we can make a difference in the lives of people right here in our community.
That’s what United Way does — it unites; it brings people together; it allows us an avenue to give.
We should give. We should live United.
United Way is a wonderful organization that does wonderful things to help improve the quality of life for those we come in contact with each and every day.
As we give — and we should give as much as we can and to as many viable organizations as we can — let us begin at home and let us unite in an effort to make life a little easier and a little happier for those who need it the very most.
United Way allows us to do just that. We should choose to care; we should choose to give to United Way.