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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: $1 million can do plenty of good in Victoria

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 28, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.


Over the past few weeks, Crossroads residents have shown their generosity in many ways. After every disaster, from the Boston Marathon bombing to the Moore, Okla., tornado, residents have stepped up to provide donations and other forms of assistance for people hundreds of miles away.

Now, we are seeing the results of that same spirit of caring and generosity here in Victoria. The Victoria County United Way, which holds a yearly campaign to raise funds, has surpassed its original goal of $926,000 and collected a record $1,016,516 in the 2012-13 campaign.

This is an impressive feat, and we applaud all of those who had a hand in raising this amazing amount of money to be sown back into the Victoria community through grants given to nonprofit organizations. This willingness to invest in the betterment of our community is encouraging, and we are grateful to all those who took part in the campaign, from private individuals to large companies.

According to Clifford Grimes, executive director of the Victoria County United Way, some of the first-time company donors were KBR, Keen Transport, C&M Enterprises, Centric Group, CoBank, Fluor Foundation and Securities America. The campaign also received a donation for $25,000 from Caterpillar, which helped push the total past the $1 million mark.

We are excited to see so many companies joining the effort to improve our community through the work of the United Way. This increase in campaign participants points to not only an expanding generosity in Victoria but also reflects the economic growth our community is experiencing. Whether through the Eagle Ford Shale activity, expanding industry or some other cause, our economy is growing steadily, and we are glad to see that growth reflected in more than just business profits. Now, that success can be passed on to others who need a hand up.

We applaud the United Way for its constant focus on helping improve the lives of others through funding community organizations. The overwhelming success of this year's fundraising campaign was a pleasant surprise, and we hope this generous pattern will continue to grow.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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