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December 17, 2012

Local Christmas party brings in diapers, nonperishable food

United Way column

BECKLEY —  

Every year one of the best parties in Raleigh County is the annual Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party. Again this year they partnered with the Southern West Virginia CVB and the Raleigh County Convention Center. And once again it was a great event with hundreds of local business and community leaders coming out to enjoy each other’s company.

Again this year a plea was extended asking attendees to bring diapers and/or nonperishable food items. Once again the people of this community stepped up and did their part, bringing in enough items to fill the back of a pickup truck. The timing was perfect because many of our local food banks are very low and, as we all know, this time of the year puts a huge demand on these inventories.

So thank you to everyone who made donations to help!

Fishes and Loaves

One of our agency partners, Fishes and Loaves, last weekend held its monthly food distribution, and I understand over a thousand people were lined up to pick up food boxes to get them through the month of December.

Marsha Smith, Shelby Warden and their team of volunteers do an unbelievable job in ensuring each of these individuals’ basic needs of food are met. You should also know that as one of our agency partners, when you give to the United Way of Southern Virginia you are also helping meet these needs at Fishes and Loaves, as well as other food banks around southern West Virginia.

Campaign

As we are closing on Dec. 31, I wanted to invite you to consider an idea of how you can help the United Way and eliminate some extra tax liability. The idea is this — if you have been fortunate enough to have been successful in the stock market this year as many have, you may want to consider “gifting” a portion of your shares of stock to the United Way.

When you gift that stock to a nonprofit, they have to immediately sell/liquidate that stock and all the proceeds are theirs. The way this helps you is that you don’t get hit with the Capital Gains and you get a donation tax deduction for the total amount gifted. Talk with your financial adviser about this type of gift, because it is one many people don’t think about.

As I write this, we are at 70 percent of our goal. As I have been saying for the last three months, our goal this year is $500,000. While this goal looks big, it’s not near as big as our NEEDS. One doesn’t have to look far to see true needs in our community, and NOW is the time to give. Do the math; that means we still NEED $150,000.

All you have to do is mail or drop by a check to us or you can call the office and we can put that donation on your credit card so you will get credit on your taxes this year.

Please join us as we Live & Give United!

— United Way of Southern West Virginia 2012-2013 Campaign chair Richard Jarrell owns the two Chick-fil-A franchises in Beckley and is a member of the Raleigh County Board of Education.

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