Where the Rails Cross the River
On November 16, I had the pleasure of helping kick off the Salvation Army's local campagin to raise funds for those in need during the holiday season. My wife and I rang bells at the kettle at Kroger's. Even early on a Saturday in mid-November, almost everyone coming or going would drop money into the kettle and offer a quick Chiristmas Greeting.
This time of year is usually referred to as the "season or giving". Whether the reason for giving is a reflection of our religious beliefs or simply a desire to help those less fortunate, the outpouring of financial support to a wide range of organizations is amazing. Food pantries, coat and glove appeals and toy drives often meet or exceed their goals this time of year.
For a lot of people - many in our community- giving at this time of year simply is a continuation of what they do all year long. I'm always amazed at what I call the strong sense of community in Chillicothe. Organizations are quick to help someone who has lost a home to a fire. We rally around someone facing a serious illiness and open our hearts and wallets to those in need.
Our region has demonstrated similar support ot those affected by the recent tornados in Tazewell County. Hundred of thousands of dollars have been contributed to help people get their lives back together. The response to the disaster has been outstanding. I know Chillicothe has done its share.
Even without the devastation of recent storms, many in our community face ongoing financial difficulties. As we move toward the end of the year, I encourage everyone to continue to support organiaztaions that work to meet the ongoing needs of those in our area who continue to struggle financially.