Bladen County residents 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 plate to help the Shriners with special projects or contributing to this newspaper’s blanket/sleeping bag project and the annual Empty Stocking Fund, when people are asked to contribute, they do.
That has continued to be the case, even in past, leaner economic times, a testimony to the understanding Bladen residents have of how helping others ultimately improves the quality of life for everyone.
As we’ve opened our hearts — and our purse strings — we’ve never forgotten our own backyard. We hope this year will be no different.
In that backyard is an organization that touches, in some way, nearly every life in Bladen County, and assists with everything from education and outreach to programs that benefit the less fortunate and the elderly.
That organization is United Way of Bladen County.
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 what we can to help.
The local United Way continues to do great good within our neighborhoods and for our neighbors, providing avenues for assistance with much-needed mammograms or wheelchair ramps; 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 Bladen County — business men and women, minimum wage employees, professional and industrial leaders — have shown their support for United Way year after year, raising thousands upon thousands of dollars through the years.
This year, United Way’s organizers are counting on us again, as a community, to continue that tradition of helping others.
On Friday, the United Way will show just how giving it can be with the annual Day of Caring, and event that sends volunteers out into the county to build wheelchair ramps, visit nursing homes and so much more.
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 make an enormous 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 allows us to do just that. We should choose to care; we should choose to give to United Way. And on Friday, why not stop by the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market at about 9 a.m. to offer whatever assistance you can — monetarily of physically.
You’ll feel really good all weekend long.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Keep calm and sing “Soft Kitty.”