There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
A kind word, a gesture, a donation, all of these can make an extraordinary impact on those in need within our community.
And while serving our fellow man should be a daily part of our routines, sometimes it takes a little encouragement, a large movement, for everyone to get motivated to get involved.
And the people of the Mountain State are all invited to be part of a statewide movement.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has encouraged West Virginians to organize projects and volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 as part of Day to Serve, the second annual effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.
“There are people working hard in hometowns across West Virginia — making a difference each and every day. I’m proud to say, no other state rivals our community spirit,” Tomblin said. “I believe together we will build stronger hometowns and ensure a brighter future for our state.”
Last year, volunteers took part in more than 400 service projects in all the state’s 55 counties. We certainly hope that number soars this second observation of Day to Serve.
“By volunteering in our communities, we each have the opportunity to experience immense personal growth while preserving our state’s longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor,” Tomblin said. “Through our collective efforts, we will provide much needed assistance in our hometowns and ensure a brighter future for West Virginia.”
These efforts have already been made right here in Marion County.
At West Fairmont Middle School, fifth-grade social studies classes created cards and pictures, with letters inside to thank the veterans and military families. Watson Elementary School students participated in a similar activity, making cards and drawing pictures for veterans.
There are still more chances to take part in planned events.
On Saturday, volunteers will head to Woodlawn Cemetery to mow grass, clean stones, clear tree debris and get the historic cemetery ready for winter.
And through Sept. 27, you can help “Fill the Nest,” the official food bank that benefits students at Fairmont State University. Donations, both food items and monetary, will be accepted at the Circulation Desk in the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
And there’s plenty of time to organize or register your own event. Just log on to www.governor.wv.gov and click on the Day to Serve icon.
This community never ceases to give back, whether it be to help clean up a public area, feed the needy, donate to good causes or roll up their sleeves to help their fellow man. Let’s show the rest of the state what Marion County can achieve when we all band together to serve.
There is no greater gift than giving of yourself.
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Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
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If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
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It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
Funds donated to United Way make community healthier, happier, safer place
A dollar you give to the United Way of Marion County could feed a hungry family.
That dollar could protect a woman and her children from an abuser.
Or the dollar could mean that a family receives credit counseling to lift them out of overwhelming debt.
It could fund Scouting programs, where boys and girls learn lifelong lessons.
Project Launchpad puts critical concept of diversifying state economy into play
The case for diversifying the state of West Virginia’s economy is past the point of debate.
While it is our hope that coal can continue to have a role in our nation’s power-generating matrix, we’ve learned our lesson about over-dependence on a single industry. Particularly being overly dependent on an industry that, in the eyes of federal regulators, is out of fashion.
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