WEIRTON - The Weirton United Way has collected 65 percent of its 2013 campaign goal, organizers announced Friday at a campaign report luncheon held at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
The campaign has gathered $169,821.41 toward the $260,000 goal.
According to John Frankovitch, president of the Weirton United Way, this achievement is thanks to the efforts of many.
REPORT MEETING — Maj. David Dewan, center, of the Salvation Army kicked off the 2013 Weirton United Way campaign report meeting and luncheon with a prayer Friday. Also in attendance were, from left, Don Gianni, Kristin Bowman Cross, John Frankovitch, Michael Hagg and Maj. Sue Dewan. - Shae Dalrymple
"This organization is only as good as each of the individual pieces," Frankovitch said. "We have leaders like those of you here to thank. So, thank you all very much."
Maj. Sue Dewan, an officer of the Salvation Army since 1989, addressed attendees about the Salvation Army's partnership with the United Way.
"We were able to feed 400 families at Thanksgiving with food baskets, and we are seeing an increase in need for food orders and utility assistance," Dewan said. "We are very appreciative of the United Way, and we wouldn't be able to do what we do without your help."
According to Dewan, more than 480 families are seeking help from the Salvation Army for Christmas this year, a significant increase from last year.
"We are very appreciative of the Weirton United Way," she said.
Dewan also took a moment to remind everyone of the "Fill the Truck" event happening today at Wal-Mart on Three Springs Drive. Community members are encouraged to drop off unwrapped toys for girls and boys from birth to age 12, as well as coats or nonperishable food items.
"There's no option for the families who come to us looking for help," Frankovitch reminded the audience. "So we are really hoping to try to hit that goal."