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United Way faces sharp reduction in donations

By Nancy Glasscock 340-2443

MOULTON — United Way of Lawrence County Director Kathy Thrasher said she hopes a surge in donations will offset a shortfall in funds available for local agencies.

United Way is soliciting contributions now, she said Tuesday.

"We have a generous community," she said. "I know we'll be OK."

Thrasher said United Way of Lawrence County is usually "a year ahead" in contributions.

"We've always had a reserve, but now that's not the case because of the lack of contributions," Thrasher said.

This year, a reduction in employees at Delphi Steering Systems was a factor in a sharp reduction in contributions, Thrasher said. Last year, United Way of Lawrence County's total budget was $183,104. United Way had to reduce its budget by half this year, Thrasher said.

"We had a lot of people in Lawrence County that worked there and were long-time contributors," she said.

Thrasher said Wolverine's plans to close will also reduce contributions.

Shoppers will have an opportunity to have gifts wrapped and donate to United Way this Christmas season. United Way volunteers will wrap gifts at Wal-Mart in Moulton in return for donations, Thrasher said.

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