To the editor:
It has been said that our true character is demonstrated when times are tough. I've lived in this area all my life, and I've seen the people of Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties demonstrate awesome character in difficult times. We've banded together during floods and ice storms, when catastrophic events happened, and when businesses closed their doors and people lost their jobs. We've pulled together to help others when it would have been easier to walk away.
In these tough economic times, we have the opportunity to band together and show others our character. There are hundreds of people in our area who need our assistance, and they depend on the agencies supported by the United Way.
The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. is in the midst of its annual campaign to raise funds for the benefit of the 40 agencies that provide for the needs of our friends and neighbors. Giving to the United Way is the most efficient and effective way to pool our donations to help the most people because 100 percent of the money you donate stays in this area and helps people you know.
When you're contacted about donating to the United Way, please pledge generously. The economic times are tough, but this is the time when we can all band together to help others like we've done in the past. This is the time for our character to shine.
Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties' residents who are not part of a campaign through their employer but still want to participate may send their donation directly to the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc, 45 Tom Miller Road, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Co-chair, 2014 Campaign