10/11/2013 4:09 PM
by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - Who knew that a simple thing like wearing jeans to work could help so many people in the area? Thanks to the United Way of Southern West Virginia it is possible.
During the week of October 21, The United Way has teamed up with hundreds of companies to let employees wear jeans to work by making a simple donation. For a donation of $5 you can wear your favorite denim for one day, $10 gets you three days and $15 gets you feeling comfortable at work all week long. The United Way says this campaign was propelled by the need of people during these hard times.
"We're approaching the holiday season where it's always tough for our local food pantries and people who distribute food but this year with the government shutdown that we've experienced and I think the real scare that people have had about food stamps and about WIC and about some of the things that are basic needs for their family, the best part of the United Way is that you know it's our first priority," said Executive Director Margaret O'Neal.
The money raised will go towards people in need and the $525,000 goal for this United Way's campaign for the entire year to help fund the 34 nonprofit organizations they support.