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United Way pushes to meet goal

This time of year, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
In between decorating, making arrangements for visiting family members, buying gifts for everyone and making sure your kids are accounted for during their vacation from school, our thoughts often don’t venture past our immediate world.

It happens to me, so I’m sure there are lots more out there who are run ragged by the holiday hustle and bustle.

All of these things need to be taken care of, and I am not negating their importance. But it is also essential to think about our community, and what we can do to make it better.

Ennis is a great place, but there are still people who need a little extra help now and then. Ennis is blessed to be served by a variety of nonprofit agencies that work to fill the gaps for people who struggle to make ends meet.

For these agencies to be successful, they need your support. The Greater Ennis United Way makes sure that places like ACROSS, Helping Hands of Ennis, the Boys and Girls Club of Ennis, Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties and a host of others have the funds they need to operate to their fullest potential.

A gift to the United Way goes far, because your money goes to 12 different agencies that serve the whole gamut of community needs.

No need to pick one — you can help them all by just writing one check. Eliza Fulton, executive director of the Greater Ennis United Way, works hard year-round to make sure these agencies are meeting community needs and using United Way funds efficiently.

This time of year, Eliza works especially hard. Fundraising wraps next week, and she is busy scrambling around town to get enough donations to meet the goal. United Way is close — there is less than $50,000 left to raise. It seems like a lot, but in a community this size, it can be done if everyone just gives a couple dollars.

I want to see the United Way succeed this year, especially since the fundraising fell short of the goal last year.

I don’t think anyone wants to see the United Way fail.

There is just too much good to be done in the community for United Way not to meet its goal. It is down to the wire, and Eliza is nervous about not raising enough. If not for her efforts as executive director, the amount raised so far would be much lower than it is now.

Every time I talk to her, she is running around town, doing fundraising presentations, picking up checks and basically doing the grunt work. But she doesn’t do it alone.

The United Way board is there, as well.

They are ambassadors in the community, spreading the word about what the United Way means for the Ennis community.

Ennis is lucky to have a branch of the United Way that serves them exclusively.

Contributors can be assured that their donations will go right back into the community, making life better for those in need.

Please, don’t let United Way fail. You can bring your donation to Ennis State Bank. With a week left to contribute, this really is your last chance to make a difference this year.

Liz Crawford is a staff writer at the Ennis Daily News and covers education and Ellis County government. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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