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United Way opens 2012-13 fund drive

$50,000 goal will support 20 local, area organizations providing services
By BILL COOKE
Reporter Staff Writer

With a goal of $50,000, South Milam County United Way has launched its 2012-2013 fund campaign to support some 20 organizations that provide vital services for young and old.

Raymon Puente, United Way president, urged support from South Milam individuals and businesses.

“One gift works many wonders,” long a United Way slogan, is true in South Milam where 98 percent of all funds donated stays in the communities served.

AGENCIES—Among local organizations funded through United Way:

• Volunteer Fire

Departments in

Thorndale, Milano, Gause, Black

Jack and Minerva. (The Rockdale

VFD conducts its own fund-raisers).

• South Milam Student Medical and Dental Fund, administered through school nurses, helps pay for medical and dental care for needy students in Rock- dale, Thorndale, Milano and Gause.

• Milam County Child Protective Services.

• Rockdale Eastside Tutoring.

• South Milam Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

• Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

• Rockdale and Thorndale Senior Citizens Centers.

• Meals on Wheels from the Rockdale Senior Center.

• Rockdale Christmas Roundup serving needy families.

• Thorndale Cares ser ving needy families at Christmas..

• Rockdale Christian Services which operates a thrift store and food pantry for the needy.

HOW TO HELP—United Way’s drive kicked off Wednesday with a radiothon on KRXT and will continue over the next few months. “We encourage all small businesses to support this effort with payroll deduction plans,” Puente said.

To obtain forms for payroll deduction or bank debit, or for other information, contact Tom Puccio, 446-3570.

Donations or pledges to support the UW can be mailed to: United Way of South Milam County, PO Box 189, Rockdale TX 76567.

P uente said United Way ’s mission is “to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.”


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