Lubbock's United Way campaign is 99% on the way toward their goal. This years goal is the highest ever, at $4,533,000 and as of Thursday morning they are only $40,000 short.
The majority of the money raised by he United Way remains local. It's divided among 23 partner agencies on the South Plains. From the American Red Cross, to the Boys & Girls Club, Scouts, Women's Protective Services, YWCA, the Salvation Army and many more.
"I think we are going to meet our goal, we didn't hit it by the arbitrary target date and frankly I think if the meeting was put back a week or two we'd have hit it at that time. But I think the economy nationwide is creating some problems for many United Way agencies across the state and the country," said Jim Courtney the 2002 Campaign Chair.
Courtney says Lubbock is closer to their goal than most Texas cities. He adds there really is no deadline, you can donate to United Way year round, just call (806) 747-2711 .
Coming up Sunday night on NewsChannel 11 at 10, we'll introduce you to a woman who says the United Way helped her family survive.
"Through the job and the counseling and everybody being there and saying we'll help you get started, it gave me an I can attitude and so I'm a stronger person, I'm more determined and I set goals and I reach those goals because of what the United Way has done for me," says Lena Scaff.
We'll bring you Lena Scaff's story Sunday on NewsChannel 11 at 10.