FAIRMONT — It’s the season to celebrate, to be thankful and to spend time with those you love.

But it’s also the season to give back and assist people within the community who could use a helping hand.

While there is never a bad time of year to help local charities, Dec. 2 is Giving Tuesday, a nationally recognized day that is said to kick off the season of charitable donations.

Heather Hawkins, service center director for the Salvation Army, said donations from others mean the world to those involved with the Salvation Army.

“When people in our community step up and donate, as an organization that relies completely on donations of others, it means we are able to help more people in the community,” said Hawkins.

It’s not just the Salvation Army that feels this way. Tiffany Samuels, executive director at the United Way, said she is grateful for the people of Marion County who continue to do all they can to help those in need.

“In Marion County especially, 80 percent of our donors are individuals giving through their paychecks,” said Samuels. “To me, it’s great that we are willing to take action to help our neighbors.”

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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