Archbold, OH

United Way Drive At 71%

With just over three weeks left, the Fulton County 2011 United Way Fund Drive has collected 71%, or about $230,000, toward its goal of $325,000.

“I don’t think we’ll hit our goal, but we’ll probably bring in a little more than we did last year,” said Gina Saaf, Fulton County United Way executive director.

In 2010, the Fulton County United Way raised about $302,000.

“In this economy, we should feel good about that,” she said.

The fund drive closes on the last business day of the year, which is Friday, Dec. 30.

As the year comes to a close, Saaf said she expects a flurry of activity as lastminute donations come in.

“There are a lot of employee campaigns at industrial businesses running a little late this year,” she said.

“We’re noticing a trend. Every year, donations come in a little later. We used to wrap things up around Thanksgiving. Then it bumped back into the middle of December.

“We’re at the mercy of the industries, whenever the companies have time to do our stuff.”

The Fulton County United Way uses the money to fund 26 different agencies and internal programs, ranging from Boy Scouts to a cancer care program operated by the United Way office.

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