UCARE holds fundraiser

Charles Warner Editor

November 22, 2013

UNION COUNTY — A group that delivers meals to the needy and Union County’s only hospital will be the beneficiaries of a fundraiser conducted by county employees Thursday afternoon.

The Union County Aid Relief Effort or UCARE is an organization of county employees who donate their time and/or money to help local charities.

“We started out doing this several years ago to buy gifts for children for Christmas,” UCARE Vice President Becky Cobb said. “We eventually expanded into year-round helping families who got burned out or charitable organizations.”

On Thursday, Cobb and other UCARE members and supporters were at the Union County Stadium parking lot where they assisted Supervisor Tommy Sinclair in making chicken stew to sell as part of the group’s latest fundraiser. Cobb said the stew was providing quite popular with the public.

“We prepared 450 quarts and we’ve already sold 420,” Cobb said.

In addition to the stew, Cobb said the group was selling Union County hats.

Cobb said the group will retain none of the proceeds from the sale. She said the funds raised will be divided between Meals on Wheels and Wallace Thomson Hospital, the two charities the group is donating to this year.

Thursday’s chicken stew is one of the several fundraising events the group holds each year and Cobb said its next one will be its 12 Days of Christmas raffle. She said that from Dec. 12-23, UCARE will give away $100 dollars a day and those proceeds will also go to Meal on Wheels and Wallace Thomson Hospital.

Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at cwarner@civitasmedia.com