Few extra dollars can change many lives

By the Advocate Editorial Board
March 9, 2017 at 4:48 p.m.
Updated March 10, 2017 at 6 a.m.

What difference can a few dollars make?

To thousands living in the Crossroads, they make a tremendous difference.

When a donation is made to the Victoria County United Way, the organization ensures the money is passed along to those agencies that have strong ties to the area and a proven record of making an indelible impact on people's lives. These agencies also have demonstrated their efficient use of donated money.

As it enters the homestretch of its 2016-17 Community Campaign, the United Way is asking for just a few more dollars to hit a desired benchmark of $900,000.

So far, the money donated and pledged - $888,000 - is the result of the enormous generosity from a long list of businesses and individuals.

"We are getting close, but we need just a little bit more," said Dolly Stokes, executive director of the Victoria County United Way. "And we appreciate all the people who help us help others."

The United Way needs more to fulfill its never-ending goals of helping individuals achieve their potential and helping families become stable. They do this across Victoria, DeWitt, Goliad, Lavaca and Refugio counties.

So another opportunity is approaching for the public to help out a bit more and have lots of fun in the process.

The Come Your Way Gala - an evening filled with music, food, beverages and prizes - is planned for March 31 at the Victoria Country Club.

As the name of the event suggests, the public can arrive their way to this gala, Stokes said, whether in a costume or cocktail attire or business casual. There will be music from Good Time Muffin, an acclaimed Houston band, plenty of hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a contest for guests in costume, a raffle for some awesome prizes and a small silent auction.

And, of course, the proceeds from the event go to the United Way.

Yes, a lot has been collected from individual contributions, payroll deductions and in-kind donations. Many companies have stood beside the United Way for a long time. A short list of those companies include Formosa, Dow Chemical, Caterpillar Inc., H-E-B, LyondellBasell, Wells Fargo, DeTar Healthcare System, Citizens Medical Center, Invista, AEP, Seadrift Coke and Klean Corp International. The list goes on and on.

And take a moment to consider the impact of these donations.

They will help children and senior adults get a good meal.

They will help patients battling alcoholism and chemical dependency.

They will help adults learn to read and write.

And, they will protect victims of domestic violence.

As Stokes once said, "When you improve one person's life, there is a ripple effect."

So what difference can a few dollars make?

Now you know the answer.

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


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