United Way of the Lowcountry has received $1,300,497 in gifts and pledges, putting it at 50.1 percent of its $2.6 million annual fundraising goal, according to a news release Thursday.
Friends of Caroline Hospice is a United Way partner agency that will benefit from the campaign. It provides medicine, home care and emotional support for families dealing with a loved one's terminal illness.
"Our services are totally free to the community, and we rely solely on local contributions for funding," Beverly Porter, executive director, said in the release. "Last year we helped 61 local families provide their terminally ill loved ones with an experience of peaceful end-of-life care at home. ... Due to the large number of uninsured residents in Beaufort County, government cutbacks in Medicaid and Medicare funding and the rising cost of medications and equipment, our services are more in demand than ever."
To contribute to United Way, to volunteer or for more information, go to www.uwlowcountry.org or call 843-982-3040 in Beaufort, 843-837-2000 in southern Beaufort County or 843-645-6500 in Jasper County.