Christmas is just three days away, and unless you're more organized than the average person, you're still putting the finishing touches on this celebration, buying a few last-minute gifts or deciding which recipe to use for the holiday turkey stuffing.
But even as you prepare for your special day, many of your fellow citizens are putting aside their own holiday plans to work on something that's more important to them.
They're Washington County's United Way volunteers, trying hard to put the finishing touches on a campaign that closes in less than a month. As of Dec. 12, the campaign had brought in $1.21 million, which means that more than $400,000 needs to be pledged in the last month.
The money funds a variety of agencies that do everything from providing life-saving training (through the Red Cross) to building character in local youths through agencies like the Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Girls Inc., and the Boy Scouts.