In the simplest of terms, one might put a price tag on the generosity of Moffat County residents at about $335,000 -- the amount raised for the United Way during the annual campaign fund-raiser at the close of last year.
With a deadline of today, area organizations could apply for those record-setting funds that assisted almost 30 local non-profit groups last year.
But the $335,000 doesn't include the more than $25,000 in donations that the community gave during the annual 93.7 KRAI holiday media drive. The drive, which benefits Advocates Crisis Support Services, the Interfaith Food Bank and Christmas for Kids saw a record number of donations in a matter of days.
Advocates Crisis Support Services received $4,800; Christmas for Kids received nearly $5,000 and the Interfaith Food Bank received $13,000. In addition, the people of this community donated 14,424 pounds of food, 600 toys and 5 tons of clothing.
On top of all that, the local branch of the Salvation Army collected just more than $4,300 during their kettle campaign.
In an uncertain economy, it would be easy for people to just look the other way -- look out for No. 1. In the neighboring community of Steamboat Springs, United Way campaign goals are increasingly harder to meet because the sense of "community" that we have in Craig is rare and difficult to achieve.
But the residents of Moffat County prove again and again that they consider No. 1 the place where they live and those who live next door. And the residents of Moffat County prove again and again that those in need will not be forgotten and will be taken care of. In turn, we know that those who receive help from our community now, will be those who give later.