The Times' editorial support of United Way is appropriate (Sept. 10), "Fresh Start."
I've been a supporter of United Way--and of one of its parents, the Community Chest, before it--for nearly half a century, having made my first contributions of pennies and nickels in elementary school fund-raising drives.
Thirty years ago, the Community Chest helped to pay for plastic surgery at Children's Hospital on my year-old son, effectively removing any trace of the harelip with which he was born.
As a full-time student and full-time factory worker earning $1.37 an hour, I was then--and have remained--grateful for the help I was able to get for my son. I'm pleased to have been able to show that gratitude through payroll contributions to United Way.