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Make life better for others

We are not going to sugar-coat it -- the economy stinks.
Government officials at the national level say the recession shows signs of releasing its evil clutches on the American public.
But, we all know that will not happen soon enough to help ease the intense pressure on those trying to make ends meet. The slow recovery of our nation will not reduce the suffering of those stricken with cancer. And the edging toward a better tomorrow cannot diminish the physical and emotion pain of the earthquake victims in Haiti.
Locally, the United Way of Screven County, thanks to the donations and pledges of many, provides funds to 20 agencies that assist children, adults and the elderly in our community. To contribute to this cause, contact the United Way office at 564-5770. Just some of the agencies aided include St. Camillus mobile health clinic, Meals on Wheels, Council for Exceptional Children and the Screven County Soup Kitchen.
Teams continue to form to raise money for Screven County’s Relay For Life, the signature event of the American Cancer Society that generates funding and education about the seriousness of cancer. To become a part of this annual community gathering, contact Willene Dickey at Walls Diner at 564-2223 or attend the next team captains meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Screven County Library on Community Drive. Several fundraisers will be held between now and the 12 hours of Relay on April 30-May 1.
The American Red Cross offers help to victims  of disasters as well as help to individuals to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The earthquake that devastated Haiti crushed buildings near the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The death toll continues to rise as Haitians attempt to move forward. To contact the Red Cross, visit the Web site of www.redcross.org or telephone 1-800-HELP-NOW.
Local United Way officials -- understanding people locally and throughout the United States have been rocked with the bleak economy -- requested individuals give a $1. If every Screven County resident were to do so, that would be in excess of $15,000.
Could you afford a $1 for these important causes?