This is the most important time of year for hundreds of thousands of needy residents of all ages throughout our two-state area who depend on scores of health and human-service agencies that are funded by United Way drives held on both sides of the Savannah River.
Without these vital services there would be a lot more human suffering, making our two-state area a pretty dismal place to live. That is why it is so important for those of us who can afford to donate money or volunteer our time to do so for either Aiken County's or the CSRA United Way campaigns.
The latter, which includes Burke and Columbia counties as well as Richmond County, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, just before the GreenJackets game, at Olmstead Stadium. With last year's drive exceeding its $3.9 million goal, look for at least a $4 million goal to be announced for this year.
The United Way of Aiken County officially starts its campaign Sept. 18, but last Wednesday at a North Augusta fete for volunteers, a $2.6 million goal was announced -- $400,000 more than last year's goal, which was broken despite painful layoffs at the Savannah River Site.
The economy's stronger and times are getting better at SRS and around the region, so we are hopeful that both U-Way campaigns will crash through their goals and set new records.