The Brown County United Way’s 2018 Campaign had its traditional kick-off Wednesday at Underwood’s Cafeteria, where $4,157 was raised during the three-hour lunch toward the overall goal of $250,000
    The iconic Brownwood barbecue restaurant is normally closed on Wednesdays, but the Underwood family has had a special Wednesday lunch to signal the United Way campaign kickoff, with proceeds donated to the campaign.
    Underwood employees donate their time that day, and United Way board members and agency representatives are on hand to pass out rolls and help bus tables.
    In conjunction with the campaign kick-off this year, the Brown County United Way is holding “Stuff the Bus” campaign to collect school supplies.
    Stuff the Bus was held Wednesday at Underwood’s, Thursday at United Supermarket and will be held from 1-6 p.m. Friday at Walmart.
    The supplies collected will be distributed by the Salvation Army to students in the the Bangs, Blanket, Brookesmith, Brownwood, Early, May and Zephyr school districts.
    “There are many children in our community that are unable to obtain the supplies they need for school,” United Way Executive Director Karen Lynch said. “We hope this will be something we can continue to do every year and that it will grow and we will truly be able to “stuff the bus” and fill it with school supplies.”
    The Brown County United Way currently supports 15 Agencies that benefit the people of Brown County:  American Red Cross, The Ark Domestic Violence Shelter, Brown County 4-H, Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Brown County Home Solutions, Brownwood Community Resource Council for the benefit of TJJD youth, Brownwood Public Library, Boys & Girls Club, Cancer Services Network, CASA, Early Childhood Intervention, Family Services Center, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key, and The Salvation Army.