United Way of Moore County kicked off its 2019 fundraising campaign with a banquet Monday evening at Dumas High School in the cafeteria.

Drive Chairman Carl Watson spoke to the crowd regarding United Way’s impact on its partner agencies and the community. He said there are 22,000 people in Moore County, and United Way of Moore County agencies served about 34,000 people.

Watson declared the campaign’s goal to be $530,000, but said he would work hard to surpass that goal.

“You all deserve that,” he told the representatives of the United Way agencies in attendance.

Last year, United Way of Moore County surpassed its $528,000 goal by raising $554,956. Monday night, the top seven donors were recognized. They included, from No. 7 to No. 1, the City of Dumas, Dumas ISD, Valero Contractors, NuStar Energy, Moore County Hospital District, JBS and Valero.

It was announced during the banquet that Texan Sky Federal Credit Union will be providing the funds for this year’s employee incentive awards.

Guest speaker for the evening was Jori Buchenau. He delivered a message centered around what it means to be a neighbor.

“The value of caring for our neighbors is a selfless value,” he said.

He referenced the parable of the Good Samaritan, which is told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. As the story goes, a priest and a Levite passed by a traveller who was robbed, beaten and left for dead. Then came the Good Samaritan who showed compassion for the traveller. The Good Samaritan gave his time and his money to help the traveller. As Jesus shared this story, he instructed those listening to go and do likewise. This, Buchenau said, was Jesus’ example of being a good neighbor.

The guest speaker challenged everyone in attendance to ask themselves if they are being good neighbors. He said our reactions prove whether we’re good neighbors or not. He added that United Way is a good neighbor because it gets involved and takes on challenges in the community.

Buchenau’s words tied in with this year’s campaign slogan which is “Helping Moore Neighbors, Meeting Moore Needs!”

The United Way of Moore County is helping meet the needs of the community by supporting several non-profit organizations including Boy Scouts of America, Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, CASA 69, Dumas Area Meals on Wheels, Dumas Discovery Center, Dumas Education and Social Ministries, Dumas Satellite Workshop, Epilepsy Foundation West Texas, Moore Boys Coalition, Moore County Girls Trust, Moore County Senior Center, Panhandle Children’s Foundation, Panhandle Community Services, Texas Panhandle Centers, The Bridge-Children’s Advocacy Center, The Refuge @ Dumas and YMCA of Moore County.

Those who wish to donate to this year’s campaign may do so through many participating employers or they may contributed directly to the United Way of Moore County by mailing contributions to PO box 923, Dumas, TX 79029.

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