We want to simply say thank you to the people of Marion County.
For the fifth year in a row, the Christmas Toy Shop, the Black Friday event that serves low-income families, has been a success. Families who before would have stressed about how they would be able to provide toys for their children come Christmas morning have been given the opportunity to “shop” for gently used and new toys, but only through the giving spirit of the people of Marion County.
We saw it first hand. A young girl came into our offices and presented a check. Come to find out, that little one had asked friends and family to donate to the cause and collected as much as she could before bringing the donation to the office.
A woman stopped by the office the day before Thanksgiving, the last day we would be collecting for the drive. She wanted to know exactly how far away we were from the goal of $17,500 to purchase new toys for the drive. At that moment, though we knew other checks were expected and explained that, we were a little more than $1,490 away from goal. The woman wrote a personal check for $1,491.
Someone donated a rather large stuffed monkey. When the family who chose the monkey Friday morning was loading it into the car, there was an envelope attached beneath it with $50 enclosed.
These were just a few of the little miracles and blessings that happened during the drive this year. It doesn’t count the hundreds and hundreds of volunteer man hours that went into sorting donated toys, purchasing new ones and helping families “shop” on Friday. It doesn’t count each and every person who gave what they could to help meet the fundraising goal.
And the blessings will continue through Christmas Day. We may never know the impact that a donated toy or a a monetary contribution will mean to a young child on Christmas morning. But lives were touched through this drive. Families in need, families in crisis were offered a helping hand to give a little hope to children who shouldn’t have to feel the stress of financial pressures at such a young age.
You wouldn’t believe what a new doll or a remote-controlled car or a bike can do for a child dealing with death, divorce, abandonment or financial crisis. It can make them believe in the magic of the season again.
And none of it would have been possible without the kind-hearted people of Marion County, who never cease to open their hearts for the less fortunate. In fact, the Christmas Toy Shop drive was so successful, another will be held Tuesday evening.
Again, we offer a simple thank you to the people of Marion County on behalf of the hundreds of children who will benefit this year. In this season of giving, know that you have given the extraordinary gifts of laughter, happiness and hope to so many children.
We want to simply say thank you to the people of Marion County.
Prevention must remain focus when dealing with cruel black lung disease
“Preventable, but not curable.”
That’s how Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for Mine Safety and Health, describes black lung disease.
He could also use the word “deadly.”
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, black lung has killed more than 76,000 miners since 1968.
If something seems too good to be true, then assume that it is
Scam. noun. A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
This is a word that Marion Countians have heard a lot about in the past few years. And the problem appears to be one that is getting worse every day.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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