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Urban Mission needs your help

September 24, 2012
The Herald-Star

It's really not that far off from when turkey dinners will grace the tables of families across our country.

We'll sit down with loved ones and friends for a homemade dinner and fellowship - one of our country's longstanding traditions that reminds us how thankful we truly are.

Unfortunately, that's not always the case, given the lagging economy in the past several years. The number of families struggling to put food on the table on a daily basis keeps growing and growing.

To help counteract this, luckily, there's Urban Mission Ministries, and with the holidays comes a surge in donating and volunteering.

The Rev. Ashley Steele of the Urban Mission recently brought out the mission's tried and true friend, Thom Turkey, which is making the rounds at area functions and club meetings to remind area residents of the need to help feed thousands this Thanksgiving.

Steele and the Urban Mission have set a goal of filling approximately 1,300 baskets for families this Thanksgiving. That's how many families are in need this year, unfortunately.

The baskets, which are actually large bags of food items, will be distributed at the Urban Mission warehouse before Thanksgiving.

Steele said the Thanksgiving bags of food are designed to help a family in need for two weeks, or through the end of the month. And with Christmas coming soon after, the need for monetary donations as well as food donations and volunteers just keeps growing.

Let's face it. Soon we'll be wrapped up in the holiday season with shopping, family get-togethers and other events on our minds. So we're asking now that you don't let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season consume you this year. Instead, take a closer look at your family and friends, neighbors or even the average passerby. Many are struggling through unemployment and may be finding it hard to take care of their basic needs. They may have to choose between putting food on the table or taking prescription medicine - spending money to heat their homes or buying a few holiday gifts for their children.

Thankfully there are area agencies that help bridge the gap - like the Urban Mission - and offer those with needs a little breathing room.

Please dig deeper this year, Upper Ohio Valley residents, as the need is there more than ever before. A donation of money, canned goods or time really will go far.

Remember, being kind and giving during the holiday season is good for the soul.

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