An­nual ‘Share the Warmth’ pro­gram be­gins

The United Way started this ini­tia­tive for needy fam­i­lies in 2005

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Farence afarence@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @afarence on Twit­ter

As Thanks­giv­ing Day ap­proaches and fam­i­lies gather to­gether to cel­e­brate, it’s time for United Way’s an­nual “Share the Warmth” pro­gram to get un­der­way.

Started in 2005, and part­nered with the Daily Lo­cal News since 2007, “Share the Warmth” has helped nu­mer­ous needy fam­i­lies with win­ter­i­za­tion projects, such as fix­ing leaky roofs and fix­ing bro­ken fur­naces.

“The goal is to help peo­ple who are in­ad­e­quately housed,” said Clau­dia Helle­bush, president and CEO of United Way of Ch­ester County.

Since the pro­gram started in 2005, over $800,000 has been raised to sup­port fam­i­lies and about 450 fam­i­lies have ben­e­fited from the pro­gram, and since 2007, the gen­eros­ity of the Daily Lo­cal News’ read­er­ship has also con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the pro­gram.

From Thanks­giv­ing Day un­til Christ­mas Day, read­ers can once again make do­na­tions to help the less for­tu­nate dur­ing this time of giv­ing.

“It never ceases to amaze me the level of gen­eros­ity we re­ceive from our read­ers each year,” said Ed Con­dra, se­nior pub­lisher of the news­pa­per. “The Daily Lo­cal News is proud of this tra­di­tion and over the years this com­mu­nity has opened their hearts and their wal­lets to help fam­ily, friends, neigh­bors and strangers who are strug­gling this hol­i­day sea­son. It is with this com­mu­nity sup­port that we are proudly en­ter­ing our ninth year.

“We know our neigh­bors in Ch­ester County will once again rally around this tremen­dous cause,” Con­dra said, re­flect­ing on the gen­eros­ity he has seen come from peo­ple of ev­ery walk

of life in the past.

“All the funds we raise, 100 per­cent, will go to those less for­tu­nate,” he said. “These are neigh­bors who need our help — es­pe­cially this time of year.”

In­ter­ested po­ten­tial donors can mail in checks payable to United Way of Ch­ester County to 211 N. Wal­nut St., West Ch­ester Pa., 19380

with at­ten­tion to “Share the Warmth.”

Also, in­ter­ested read­ers can do­nate online at www. give­tosharethe­warmth. com.

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