United Way of the Lowcountry Inc. has received $1,822,404 in gifts and pledges, putting it at 70.1 percent of its $2.6 million annual fundraising goal.
"This is a tough year for a lot of people," said Randy Krause, chairman of the Beaufort area campaign. "I'm glad to see that businesses are being creative in finding ways to help."
For example, Aqua Grille & Lounge is asking customers for donations of either $1 or $5. In thanks, the restaurant gives donors coupons for free food. FACES Day Spa, Wine Times 4, and Antonio's Italian Cuisine will partner through Sunday to ask customers for a $5 donation and be eligible for a drawing for $300 in gift certificates.
To contribute, to volunteer or for more information, go to the United Way website at www.uwlowcountry.org or call 843-982-3040 in Beaufort, 843-837-2000 in Bluffton/Hilton Head and 843-645-6500 in Jasper County.