You can help others in area

The shopping, gift-giving and holiday party season is upon us now, and it’s showing no signs of slowing.

As a result, many probably have begun to get wrapped up in holiday school events, cookie baking and family outings, among other events, which consume so much of our thoughts and time this time of the year.

But, as is our tradition, we ask that you don’t let the hustle and bustle of this holiday season take over.

Instead, take a long, hard look. Look at your family and friends, neighbors or even the average passerby.

Some may be struggling through unemployment and may find it difficult to take care of their basic necessities. They may have to choose between putting food on the table or taking prescription medicine or spending their money to heat their home or buy a few holiday gifts.

For those reasons we are so very thankful there are area agencies that help bridge the gap and offer the needy some breathing room between their resources and the cost of acquiring basic human needs. Food, clothing, toys and financial assistance are available, but the agencies that offer them, now more than ever, need the help of those who are fortunate enough to have a steady income.

We remind readers that a visit to one of a few of these agencies, such as the Urban Mission, Salvation Army or the City Rescue Mission, can be an eye-opening experience. The number of those in need each year grows by leaps and bounds.

We’re asking those who can in the coming weeks to drop some more change into a Salvation Army kettle outside a local store or adopt a family to buy gifts through Urban Mission Ministries. Also, a donation to our area United Ways in Jefferson and Brooke counties and in Weirton goes a long way to help someone with food, shelter or heating a home.

Even a small donation of your time by visiting with some of the area’s seniors living in nursing homes or assisted living facilities can brighten someone’s day during a time of year that can be exceptionally lonely.

Again, we ask, that you please dig deep this year, as the Upper Ohio Valley has so many times before. A donation of money, toys or even canned goods really does help.

The needs of those struggling to make ends meet and provide for their children won’t go away any time soon, so be kind and give during this season of perpetual hope.