It's recently become apparent that residents of Randolph, Upshur, Lewis and Gilmer counties care a lot about their communities - so much so that they're willing to make personal cash investments.
Earlier this month, the United Way of Randolph County was seven minutes and $777 away from reaching its $30,000 goal during its Live United Telethon. As co-hosts made their final push, the phone lines lit up and the United Way soon had every last dollar needed.
Just a day earlier, the United Way of Gilmer, Lewis and Upshur counties met and exceeded its annual fundraising goal of $65,000. More than 250 people attended the Mardi Gras-themed elimination dinner at Stonewall Resort to contribute funds to the multi-county group.
Both events came to life with the help of dozens of volunteers. It was the community members who delivered success.
In an economy that has many people on edge, it's uplifting to know that so many are willing to lend support to help their hometown agencies thrive and continue providing services that make our communities a better place to live.
It's this type of commitment that truly keeps alive the spirit of giving.