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 Friday, September 19, 2014
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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

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United Way continues a tradition of caring

It's that time of year again, as the United Way of Franklin County is kicking off its annual fundraising campaign. The goal this year is $382,000, an increase for the first time in five years.

But it was raised for a reason. Those charitable organizations the UW helps fund are struggling to meet the growing demand for services.

As we all know, the last several years have been tough ones for many, many families. Those families often are forced to seek help for various situations, from food to finances to housing to family strife. We have agencies in place to help, but they simply must be funded to provide that help.

The United Way collects funds and then distributes those funds to the agencies. How much an agency receives is mainly determined by a citizens review committee, which visits each of them during the course of a year to see first-hand what they do.

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Back pack program receiving support

Speaking of generosity, a recent drive to raise funds for the Franklin County Back Pack Program was a huge success. Spearheaded by the Family Preservation Services (FPS), 247 children in nine elementary schools recently left school on Friday with a back pack full of food for the weekend.

This program has been around for a while, and it was expanded to include more students this year, thanks to the donations made during the drive. Melisa Allen, a counselor with FPS, said the organization was "overwhelmed with the community's response."

Those back packs will be delivered to participating schools every Friday as long as the food lasts, which is about three more weeks.

Fortunately, Rocky Mount Kroger's Cultural Council has pledged to support the program as much as possible throughout the remainder of the school year, and a shopping cart has been set up in the store to collect additional donations.

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