SHAMOKIN - The Lower Anthracite Region United Way (LARUW) has collected $23,975.60 as its campaign continues toward a goal of $50,000, chapter Executive Director Whitney Fetterman reported Friday.

She said LARUW has several corporations, small businesses and individuals in the area to thank for contributions since the new campaign began in the fall. They include 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, Roadarmel Springer LLC and many generous residents.

LARUW serves Shamokin, Coal Township, Elysburg, Mount Carmel, Kulpmont, Paxinos, Trevorton and surrounding areas.

All of the campaign funds are donated to charitable organizations in the lower anthracite region. The 10 member agencies that LARUW designates its funds to are Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Manna for the Many, 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 is located at the Northumberland County Career and Arts Center, 2 E. Arch St., Shamokin. Donations can be sent to LARUW at that address.