SHAMOKIN - The Lower Anthracite Region United Way (LARUW) campaign goal is $50,000, and the chapter is on track to reach it, with $23,975.60 as of the end of January.

Many businesses and individuals are to be thanked for their contributions, said Whitney Fetterman, chapter executive director, including Weis Markets, The News-Item, Geisinger employees, Pendel Containers, Boyer's Food Market in Mount Carmel, Farrow's Funeral Home, Aqua PA, VNA Health Systems, Sunbury Motors, Eyesense, The Medicine Shoppe, Coal Township commissioners, State Farm Insurance Agency and Roadarmel Springer LLC.

The chapter serves Shamokin, Coal Township, Elysburg, Mount Carmel, Kulpmont, Paxinos and the Trevorton area of Northumberland County.

All of the campaign funds are donated to charitable organizations in the lower anthracite region. The 10 member agencies that LARUW designates their funds to are Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Manna for the Many, The American Red Cross, The ARC of Susquehanna Valley, Girls Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Avenues and the VNA.

The chapter office is located in the career and arts center, 2 E. Arch St.

Donations are still be accepted.

"We appreciate donations of any size made by all of the individuals who reside in this area," said Fetterman. "All of the residents, small businesses and corporations help a small area like ours continue to prosper in such difficult economic times."