The citizens of Weirton always have found a way to step up and help those in need, and recent weeks have been no different.
Following the devastation from Superstorm Sandy that stretched along the East Coast and included Southern West Virginia, a campaign called Weirton Cares was organized with the hope of collecting various items needed to lend a hand to those affected by the storm. Plans for weekly deliveries to those communities have been made, and area residents are encouraged to pitch in if they are able.
Currently, the focus is on blankets, toiletries and other daily supplies. Money also is being collected to purchase MRE's - ready-to-eat meals often used by the military.
Donations can be dropped off at Marsh Pipe and Supply, WEIR-AM and the Millsop Community Center. An account also has been established at First Choice America credit union to handle financial contributions.
Among the early contributions to the campaign were 20 boxes provided by the employees of Tri-State Pharmacy. The boxes, containing items such as shampoo, soap, paper towels and baby wipes, were presented to city officials Monday.
We also should note the recent trip made by Chester's Pat McGeehan and other area residents to make a delivery of much-needed supplies to Monmouth County in New Jersey.
Although not part of the Weirton Cares campaign, the contribution deserves to be recognized.
Thousands have been facing hardships as a result of this storm, with many left homeless and needing a helping hand to get back on their feet.
We know things are difficult for many of us, especially this time of the year. However, if there is any way you can help, we hope you will be willing to do so.