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'Tis time (already) to think about charity
Courier editorial
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Even though the Christmas season still is a few months away, it’s not too early to start thinking about those who may not be looking forward to the holidays because of financial hardships. Currently, there are many ongoing charitable campaigns in Liberty County. No matter your income level or time restrictions, it’s easy to get involved in some way.
The 2011 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Liberty branch is in full swing. The group’s goal is to raise $181,000 and, thanks the generosity and kindness of local residents, they’re halfway there. However, that certainly doesn’t mean it’s safe to sit back and relax. The hard work must continue because, as UWCE Liberty Executive Director Jennifer Darsey will tell you, the need is there.
Darsey and her army of dedicated volunteers and board members have worked tirelessly toward the United Way’s goal. It’s time to jump in and help them out, either by donating funds or time. Every little bit helps, but if you don’t have much wiggle room in your budget, consider offering your services to Darsey and her crew. They likely can use a few helping hands. If you’re ready to pitch in, call 368-4282.
Additionally, Pizza Hut’s area locations are working to give back to both the Liberty County and global communities, but they can’t do it without help. The stores are looking to raise $10,000 by Oct. 31 to donate to the United Nations World Food Programme, which is a humanitarian effort that aims to feed more than 10.9 million people in Africa.
Again, if a monetary donation isn’t feasible, jump in and participate in one of the many upcoming events the pizza chain has scheduled in the area. To raise awareness and funds, the eateries have planned a digital scavenger hunt, T-shirt sales and raffles. To get involved, call 368-3366 or 876-0101.
And it’s no surprise that local churches are deeply entrenched in charity work. Many Liberty County worship houses already have programs in place to help charities, food pantries and member of the community who are in need. As the holidays approach, however, we expect many of the faithful communities will step up those efforts.
Baconton Missionary Baptist Church will raffle off a classic 1985 Dodge Conversion van for $5 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit The Manna House in Hinesville and the Elijah Program at the church. The drawing will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 31 during the church’s fall festival. The winner does not need to be present to claim the price. To buy a ticket, call 332-8458.
These are just a few of the charity causes that need help. Check with other area churches, food pantries, counseling centers and thrift stores. There’s no shortage of need in this community, but there is a shortage of help. Help make the holidays more enjoyable this year for a family in need by giving in any way that you can.

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