Red Kettles

THANKSGIVING IS only days away while Christmas is just a little more than a month in the offing.

It is a festive and upbeat time of the year. Unfortunately, the good times are not shared by all in the Ohio Valley.

The holiday season can be tough on those less fortunate or under- privileged. Countless residents know that feeling all too well.

So the holiday season also lends itself to being the giving season. People tend to be more generous during this time of the year. That works well as many of our local residents need extra assistance to make Christmas a little merrier for their families.

Many avenues of giving are available. One of the most popular recently opened its campaign.

The Belmont County Salvation Army and Ohio Valley Mall came together Thursday to kick off Kettle Season.

Each year, the Salvation Army collects for hundreds of local residents who need a helping hand during the holidays.

The Kettle Kickoff got off to a rousing start thanks to the generosity of the mall, as longtime manager George Diab placed a $5,000 check into one of the Red Kettles. We commend Diab and everyone connected with the mall who made such a large donation possible.

Ohio Valley Burger Kings also stepped to the plate, delivering $2,100 to the Salvation Army, courtesy of a special fundraiser.

The two donations are a great start. Much more needs to be done, however. It is heartbreaking knowing that some children may wake up Christmas morning with nothing to unwrap.

With that said, we challenge all those in the Ohio Valley with the resources to please donate to a most worthwhile cause, as Red Kettles will be seen throughout the area over the next few weeks.

We all can be Santa Clauses by digging into our pockets and making Christmas a little brighter for those who need it.