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Standing up to help community

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings.

And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those forms is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need.

These dinners serve not only to help those who might be less fortunate, but also just to share some time with neighbors and maybe make some new friends.

In downtown Steubenville, Gather Catering is catering a grab-and-go hot takeout meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Urban Mission’s Unity Kitchen at 301 N. Fifth St.

At the Salvation Army in Steubenville, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the 332 N. Fourth St. location. Service will be to-go only.

And across the river in Weirton, the Weirton Ministerial Association once again will host its community Thanksgiving dinner, with support from local churches, civic organizations and the local business community. Set from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Greater Weirton Senior Center, the dinner is available for free to anyone.

The Bay Six Project will serve a hot “commUNITY” meal from a 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Mingo Junction City Building, 501 Commercial St.

Several other area restaurants and businesses are offering a free Thanksgiving dinner, and it would be impossible to name them all here.

It is wonderful to see such camaraderie and brotherhood in our communities, and we thank and applaud everyone involved in putting these dinners together, giving their time during this holiday away from their family and friends. Their work does not go unnoticed and is just one more aspect of what makes our area so great.

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