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United Way kicks off drive

| Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005

The United Way of Armstrong County is kicking off its 2006 donation campaign with the theme "Let's get united. Together we can make a difference in Armstrong County."

"All we ask is that you be that person that makes the difference," United Way of Armstrong County Executive Director Cheryl Peters said.

Peters said that if every business and individual in the county participates, the group's goal of $200,000 can be reached.

"Every donation, no matter how large or how small, is needed in order for us to provide the necessary funding to the 14 agencies that we support," Peters said.

The United Way of Armstrong County's funded agencies help children, adults, families, the elderly, mentally challenged and physically impaired in many ways.

The ARC holds Camp Sunshine for the area's mentally challenged people. Life Choices teaches young men and women about parenting. AccessAbilities goes into homes to do therapy with children and adults with cerebral palsy. There are similar programs for those with multiple sclerosis.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has a tutoring program for children. Catholic Charities counsels couples with marital problems. ARC Manor counsels and re-educates those with drug-and-alcohol problems. The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts nurture and guide youth.

Freeport Food Bank's list of people needing pantry staples grows daily. The Salvation Army's two units in the county serve an increasing number of families with food, prayer and counseling. Lifesteps holds child check several times a year and supports group homes for the mentally and physically challenged. The YMCA has an after-school program.

Anyone donating $52, or $1 a week for a year, can fill out an entry form to win incentive prizes. Locally, Sheetz has agreed to sponsor the incentive by providing gasoline as a prize.

Donations can be made to the United Way of Armstrong County, 102 North Water St., Kittanning, PA, 16201. Questions about contributions can be directed to the office at 724-543-2610.

Pledges can be designated to go to a particular agency.

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