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United Way emergency fund runs out of money

A community assistance fund launched last year by United Way has run out of money.

A poor economy and increased need among those living on the ragged edge of poverty have combined to empty the fund of $52,000 since it was created in late 2008, said Dee Anne Everson, United Way director.

The fund was organized as a tribute to Hank Collins, Jackson County's former health and human services director, who died in February 2008 and who had been known to use his own money to help someone out of a jam.

Originally dubbed "Hank's Bank," it was renamed last spring.

The emergency stash has helped purchase everything from dentures, to diabetes supplies, to diapers, Everson said.

She said United Way will attempt to rebuild the fund so more people can be helped. Donations can be made to United Way via this link: https://volunteer.united-e-way.org/cwojc/donate/.

— Sanne Specht