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THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006
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Meals on Wheels still needs community help

Some people say that figures don't lie, however, they can distort.

For instance, we could say that we care about as much for an unfortunate dog named Lucky as we do for the people who rely on Meals on Wheels for their one hot, nutritious meal of the day.

That's because for all of February, the annual drive conducted in THE DAILY didn't create nearly the intense public response as the news story last week about the reward money needed to find and punish the sorry scum who so badly abused Lucky.

As of Monday, contributions to Meals totaled $21,158. As of Wednesday, the reward money topped $12,000.

Abused animals tug at our hearts and open our wallets. So does the plight of people such as Ruby Gaines, 67, who can't get around without her walker, but who manages to help tend to her 91-year-old uncle, Thomas Mosley.

Meals on Wheels gives them a certain quality of life. We might say they are lucky, too.

Total Meals on Wheels contributions coming to THE DAILY during last year came to $52,000. The month-long February campaign raised $35,401 last year. So we are far behind.

The outrage of what happened to Lucky triggered an amazing response. So let's dig a little deeper and help Meals on Wheels, too. The number of people who get hot meals five days a week depends on how much money this United Way agency has to spend.

You may still send a check to: Meals on Wheels in care of THE DECATUR DAILY, P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, Al. 35609-2213.

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