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Terre Haute, Indiana

Community Spirit is alive and well in the Wabash Valley. The people of this community continue to rise and meet the needs and challenges of the area. Friday’s “United Day for United Way 2011” is just another opportunity for folks to help meet needs in various ways.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley campaign is winding down with a final event, United Day for United Way. The goal for this communitywide event is to raise $20,000. The activities begin bright and early at 6 a.m. Friday with United Way Campaign Chair Tim Sturgess, United Way Board President Rick Burger and Executive Director Troy Fears taking their places on the roof of Baesler’s Market on Poplar Street. They maintain their lofty, cold perch until 6 p.m., taking donations as they brave the elements. Throughout the day there will be “celebrity pumpers” at Baesler’s gas pumps, dispensing fuel, washing car windows and soliciting donations that will benefit United Way.

There are 72 locations throughout the Wabash Valley that will collect donations to help with this final push to close out the campaign. Also, 21 different local restaurants will donate a portion of their sales or will be donating food and drink for volunteers on Friday.

Those aren’t the only ways to contribute. Folks with texting capabilities on their cellphones can text “UWWV” to 20222 to automatically donate $5 to the United Way.

A giving community is a much more livable community for its residents. The Wabash Valley has a tradition of displaying benevolence, most recently during the flood of 2008 and the economic recession. United Day for United Way 2011 makes the process of giving easier than ever, and makes a difference. The goal is within reach and each of us can help to achieve it. We urge all able residents to support this cause by giving on Friday and continuing to show the spirit which makes this community great.

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