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More "Secret Santas" follow Betty Palmer's lead, help turn water back on

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Betty Palmer hopes the community can raise even more money soon. Betty Palmer hopes the community can raise even more money soon.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Officials with the United Way of the Cape Fear Area say they have received nearly $2,000 in additional donations since local media reported on one woman's act of generosity.

Betty Palmer recently read an article about families in New Hanover County who don't have running water.

The United Way says there are about 500 of these families in New Hanover County.

Palmer said she found that news terribly upsetting to her, so she made a few phone calls.

As a result, just this week, she presented the United Way with a $10,000 check.

"I think it's something we all should be ashamed of," said Palmer. "To have something like that here, you know, and not do anything about it.  That's the reason why I'm trying to do something about it."

Palmer says a lot of her friends probably don't know that the problem's so bad, and she says she's encouraging them to open their pocketbooks, too.

Palmer says she'd even like to donate more money, but doesn't know if she will be able to or not.

Regardless, she hopes the community can help raise another $10,000 soon. The $2,000 reported by Thursday afternoon has started that process.

Following Palmer's lead, a new outpouring of support means dozens of families could have their water turned back on for the holidays.

According to Chris Nelson, President of the United Way of the Cape Fear Area, the Salvation Army had 10 families lined up on Thursday to get water back on, and planned on 20 for Friday.

Nelson says the United Way will do all they can, and want to remind people that 100 percent of a donations stay local.

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