Good Sunday morning everyone! In the last couple of weeks, myself and my two volunteers, they are the ones with the physical strength and truck and trailer, made life a little easier for several families in the Vermilion County area. I think I need a name for this duo besides Dave1 an Dave2. Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without the support from this community.

In June we had a request for a refrigerator. This man had a job, was a single dad trying to provide for two teenagers. So, he came to the United Way office, in person, to ask if I could assist him. There aren’t any agencies in our area giving those away. Think to yourself, if my refrigerator went out today could I afford to buy another one? According to statistics not too many of you said yes to that question.

So, I put the request on our United Way Facebook page and within an hour I had the possibility of three refrigerators. By the end of the week we had this man a working refrigerator, older, used but working. We took his old refrigerator for recycling and received a little over eight dollars for it. At least for eight dollars he could buy milk, eggs and bread until pay day.

Two months later I have two elderly residents needing refrigerators and five families with various needs ranging from bedroom furnishings to the whole house needing furnished. And, Yes, this community stepped up to provide, four refrigerators, two beds, numerous dressers, tables and chairs and two full living room suites. Every family was taken care of.

I can’t do this on my own. I can’t do any of what I do here at United Way on my own. It takes all of us. The cash donations we received through our campaign last year impacted over 28,000 individuals through our funded programs. But donating good but used furniture or still working refrigerators to families instead of throwing them away or making a couple of bucks off them at a rummage sale is also how you can impact your community.

Please consider donating to your local United Way as we begin our new campaign year. UNITED, we will change lives in our community.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED

Sherri M. Askren is President of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone 442-3512

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