Special Gifts

A ST. CLAIRSVILLE centenarian and her daughter apparently are well aware of a quotation more than two thousand years old, and as a result, the younger generation is being helped.

The apostle Paul once quoted Jesus as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The current happening started when Jessie Pollock, whose 100th birthday anniversary was Feb. 4, requested that no gifts be purchased for that milestone.

Her daughter, Nell Murrell, mission committee chairman at the First Presbyterian Church, found another way to celebrate the occasion. She told her mother that she was going to donate 10 pairs of shoes for children in need to the St. Clairsville Community Coat Closet, located in the church basement, rather than giving her a gift.

Happy with the idea, Pollock requested that other family members and friends donate shoes rather than sending birthday gifts.

Little feet grow bigger and so did the children’s athletic shoe project as 75 pairs of shoes were donated in the centenarian’s honor.

Donations of new children’s and youths’ shoes in all sizes as well as good, clean, new or used coats and jackets are welcome at the coat closet and may be dropped off at the church on weekdays until 3:30 p.m. or on Sunday mornings. The coat closet is open every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. through March 21 or by calling the church office.

Giving rather than receiving is not limited to senior citizens.

For example, Kiara Triplett of Flushing recently asked her family and friends to provide no gifts for her seventh birthday anniversary but to give items instead to the Belmont County Animal Rescue League. Not only did Kiara show that she’s “dog’s best friend,” but also is a friend to cats.

THESE are not the only Eastern Ohioans helping others. Individuals, churches and organizations have always aided persons less fortunate whether it be with food, clothing, needed items and actual labor, but the assistance to others is accelerating with today’s economy.

As they give, possibly individuals are aware how they would feel “if the shoe was on the other foot.”