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Editorial: Area residents' generosity touches lives of many

6:48 PM, Feb. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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The people of Northeastern Wisconsin are extremely generous, and we've got the evidence to prove it. It's a pretty overwhelming and impressive record when you start looking at the sum of all of the parts and when you consider that the economy is still in recovery mode and that people are regularly asked to help out by giving of their time and money.

In the last month, we received a couple of reports on area fundraising campaigns, the results of which should make residents of the Green Bay area proud:

? The Salvation Army of Brown County's Red Kettle Christmas campaign raised $1.09 million. That was short of its $1.2 million goal, but it's still a remarkable amount. The funds are used to meet the basic needs of the Salvation Army's clients.

? The Brown County United Way met its 2012 campaign goal of raising $4 million. The money will be used to fight child abuse, homelessness and poverty.

Together, that's more than $5 million in contributions here in Northeastern Wisconsin.

The last several months of the year and around the holidays are a favorite time for many charities and nonprofit organizations to hold fundraising campaigns, and it's a time of year when people are festive and are in the giving mood.

However, giving takes place year-round. On Sunday Press-Gazette Media reported on two fundraising efforts:

? $200,000 was raised for Special Olympics at the annual Freezin' For A Reason Polar Plunge in Howard.

? More than $370,000 was raised at Dancing With Our Stars, an annual fundraiser for the American Red Cross of Northeast Wisconsin.

Area residents gave more than a half a million dollars over the weekend.

Add to that the $96,000 raised during the third annual Stock the Shelves campaign, which benefits area food pantries, and the 300 people who gave of their time during Make a Difference Day in October.

Volunteers give of their time, and in some situations that's more precious than money. Just ask the little brothers and sisters in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin, for example. About 10,800 volunteers work with almost 200 agencies in the Green Bay area.

So whether you give time or money or both, we would like to recognize and honor that effort. Your generosity improves and touches the lives of many people - many you'll never meet.

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