Letter - A private pledge will match up to $15,000When I was a child, my mother was careful with our limited finances. We had only the necessities, and I remember her sighing and saying, “Well, I guess I can do without… if it means we can…,” sacrificing her needs to ensure that my sister and I had what we needed.
To the editor:
When I was a child, my mother was careful with our limited finances. We had only the necessities, and I remember her sighing and saying, “Well, I guess I can do without… if it means we can…,” sacrificing her needs to ensure that my sister and I had what we needed. As children, we didn’t understand those sacrifices. Our mother was only 57 when she passed away in 2009. My only regret is feeling I didn’t fully repay the debt of gratitude I owed her.
Today, with children of our own, her words weigh on my heart when making decisions that impact them. Today, our family is blessed with an ability to give. I choose to serve and give to our United Way to pay my debt of gratitude to my mother.
I thank the generous people of this area as we continue our fundraising campaign for 2012-13. I especially thank our United Way staff and board of directors, along with our campaign co-chairs, the Lee and Judy Backhaus family and Barb Ostrander. Their collective leadership and dedication have been exemplary. It is a privilege for me to serve and lead such a wonderful organization.
We have a tremendous opportunity to give back as a community on Give to the Max Day, Thursday, November 15. Our local United Way was given a private pledge to match up to $15,000 of donations during this event. This is an amazing gift that will help us meet more local needs. I encourage everyone to visit www.givemn.org and donate to our local United Way. For assistance, please contact our staff at (320) 834-7800. Don’t let this opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life pass you by!
One more donor, one more dollar, one more life changed. Thank you for your generosity!
Shawn Green, president,
United Way of Douglas and