By Kelton Brooks

The Hutchinson News

We all need help -- and every little bit contributes.

That message, and a gesture by Angie Logan, bolstered the spirits of United Way campaigners heading into Christmas.

Even if just $43.

Logan, clinical liaison for Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, was listening to the radio while on her way to work Monday morning when she tuned in the voice of Tona Turner, executive director of United Way of Reno County.

Logan listened as Turner spoke about how United Way is currently running about a $60,000 deficit in this year's campaign.

What struck Logan was Turner's suggestion that if everyone employed in the community would give "a buck fifty," the nonprofit organization would exceed its goal of $1.5 million.

"It hit me," Logan said. "Every year we give a certain amount, and I try to go up a dollar each year. I heard her (Turner) talk, and she made it sound so good. I couldn't resist the temptation."

So she placed a box on her desk and sent out an email encouraging fellow employees at Hospice and HomeCare to continue to give with another "buck fifty."

"Even if they needed an IOU, I told them they could pay me back," she said.

To date, the United Way campaign has received $1.29 million in pledges, or 86 percent of its goal. Forecasts, based on historic giving by those with pledge packets still outstanding, however, indicate a significant shortfall from the goal.

"Angie was a bright spot in our day trying to help the rally," said Lisa Gleason, director of Community Impact and Engagement at United Way. "Every little bit counts to make a difference."

Hospice and HomeCare is one of the 31 partners of United Way and Gleason said they have had individuals respond as United Way tries to meet its goal by Jan. 31. Gleason said the organization recognizes it's not quite where it needs to be, but they are looking for ways to meet the goal, even if it's gathering up a couple of dollars given by the community.

Such as the $43 gathered at Hospice and HomeCare.

"A majority of the office chipped in," Logan said. "We had fun and it was just an idea to help a great nonprofit organization. We all need someone's help. It's always good to stand up for your neighbor when you get a chance."

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