You can't keep a good community down. And that was the case at the 42nd Annual United Way Telethon. You would never know that the southeast is not in the best place economically as folks near and far opened their wallets and gave to the Estevan United Way.
Their goal of $335,000 was past with three hours left in the show. But United Way President, Travis Frank wasn't surprised.
"Recent years we've had some incredible numbers," he shared, "despite being typically the worst years for our economy. When times are tough, people give more to the United Way which is fantastic because those agencies affect us that much more. When times are tough, we need them that much more."
He noted that going into the Friday night with an already high total of over $135,000 took some of the pressure off.
"Everyone knows that SaskPower and the mines always comes through for us with gigantic donations but we never know how much those donations are going to be. So it's nice to see those numbers climb quite high on the Friday so we know we're going into Saturday pretty successful already."
Because the total surpassed their goal of $335,000, the Untied Way now has the opportunity to review requests from the agencies and reallocate the extra funds to those groups.
From the volunteers, to the entertainment, to all the support from the communities of the southeast, Frank shared his thanks.
"It takes all of you to be united and we couldn't be happier with the results."