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To the editor:
Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) is dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors in Brunswick County who are willing to help themselves by providing emergency assistance.
We envision a community where all people have access to an adequate and nutritious supply of food and sufficient resources to sustain themselves. BFA is the only county organization devoted exclusively to aiding the unemployed, the elderly, the disabled, the homeless and the working poor.
Through the programs, services and assistance that we offer, BFA strives to improve our community and make it a better place to live.
BFA provides all the assistance that we can, but it is never enough. The needs are great. One in five Brunswick County residents is living below the poverty level and 62 percent of children in grades K-12 receive free or reduced-cost meals. During these hard economic times, more and more of our neighbors are falling through the safety net, and it is organizations like BFA that make a difference in their lives.
BFA faces a sobering reality: Either secure adequate funding or reduce the level of services and assistance at a time when our neighbors are facing unrelenting economic hardships.
You can improve the lives of our neighbors in financial distress by making a tax-deductible contribution to BFA, P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte, NC 28459.
With your support, we can help take care of our own in Brunswick County. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our request.
Ken Papaj
BFA Board of Directors