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Editorial: Time for all of us to chip in

Last year, the Worthington Area United Way achieved its overall fundraising goal of $135,000.

This year, the order is slightly taller.

Now known as the United Way of Nobles County (the name change has been made to better reflect the agency's countywide reach), the dollar target has been raised to $140,000. The 2010 fundraising campaign began last week and will continue throughout the year.

Part of the reason the goal has been increased is the amount of need to be met. Twenty-two agencies from around Nobles County have received United Way money in the past and there are additions to that total this year, including D.A.R.E., Lutheran Social Services Senior Nutrition Program, the Southwest Crisis Center, Worthington-Crailsheim International and the Worthington Christian Church Food Shelf.

United Way packets have already been distributed to employers countywide. They, in turn, pass the packets on to their employees, who have a choice of making a one-time donation, pledging money throughout the year or giving through a payroll deduction.

When looking at some basic numbers, it seems like it should be easy to surpass the $140,000 goal. Worthington, for example, has a population of roughly 11,000. Let's say half the population -- 5,500 -- chipped in a mere $1 per week. That would net a donated amount of $286,600 for the year -- and that's just Worthington.

A buck a week to help all sorts of folks in our backyard. That doesn't seem like a heck of a lot to ask.