The Marshalltown Area United Way is again hoping for that holiday bump to get the 2012 campaign to reach its goal.
As of Friday morning, this year's campaign has raised $626,000, or 81 percent of the goal of $770,000.
"We're happy to be at that amount," said Nancy Steveson, executive director of the United Way. "It's been a little more difficult year than other years and that might be due to the election and the economy. We have been running a little bit behind."
The office and volunteers will be busy the next two weeks making calls to those businesses or individuals who have contributed in the past who have not returned their pledge cards.
One big boost to the campaign occurred as a result of the recent JBS pork sale, which was held Nov. 20 in the Hy-Vee parking lot and netted nearly $8,000.
The end of the year campaign report will be delivered during the wrap up luncheon at noon Dec. 20 at the Fisher Community Center.
"We're really hoping to be at our goal or near our goal by then," Steveson said.
Those wishing to attend the luncheon should RSVP to the United Way by Dec. 17 by phone at 641-752-4688 or by email to email@example.com.
The campaign then collects funds to area human service agencies in the area, directly impacting people in the area in need.