Beaufort News

United Way edges closer toward goal

United Way of the Lowcountry Inc. has received $834,413 in gifts and pledges, putting it at 32.9 percent of its $2.6 million annual-campaign fundraising goal, according to a news release Thursday.

One of the beneficiaries of the fundraiser is Senior Services of Beaufort County, a United Way partner that provides food to the needy.

"Our homebound meals program serves Beaufort County citizens, 60 years old and over, who are having difficulty preparing their own meals," Jannette Williams, the agency's executive director, said in the release. "The purpose of the program is to provide essential nutrition and prevent health deterioration and loss of independence. The money United Way sends to us is used to provide a variety of meals daily to 158 homebound seniors."

Meal delivery enables older adults to remain at home in their communities for as long as possible.

Chairing the 2010 United Way of the Lowcountry campaign are Randy Krause for the Beaufort area; Sandy Gillis for Bluffton/Jasper County; and Joe and Kaye Black for Hilton Head Island.

To contribute, to volunteer or for more information, call 843-982-3040 in Beaufort, 843-837-2000 in Bluffton and Hilton Head, and 843-645-6500 in Jasper County.