Community Members Can Help Needy Children

(12/04/2002)

The other day, when I was out getting groceries, I ran into an old acquaintance. They brought up the fact that they hadn't seen me in awhile and I pointed out that I had lived away for awhile, but had recently returned home. Of course they pointed out what everyone has pointed out since I returned, that everyone comes back. This made me reflect on just why I had returned. I had lived in Florida for several years, which was the perfect climate and full of southern hospitality, so in some ways like home in that respect. I had spent a year in Colorado, where the climate is very much like here, but didn't seem quite as friendly, since the lifestyle is so much more fast paced than here. And then there is here, Almost Heaven West Virginia. Home, as many of us have come to think of it. Low crime rate, helpful neighbors, laid back lifestyle and a safe friendly feeling that many of us have come to recognize as a desirable place to raise a family. But, sad to say, the economy, for many, is not what many need to make a decent living and be able to thrive here. The cost of living isn't too bad; I learned that when I was moving around. But the balance is NOT there. So many are struggling along, just trying to make it. And this brings me to the point of my story.

It is the Christmas season. And if you are at all like me, Christmas is, first and foremost about the birth of Jesus, but it is also very much about the children! I am past the need of toys and gifts (skip that part mom, dad and hubby!) But to see the joy in my daughter's eyes as she looks up on the gifts that she will receive is what I want most this year. And I know there are many other parents that feel that same way. I also know that this is a community that takes care of its own. I have said many times in my travels that the people of West Virginia are a proud, loving and compassionate people unlike anywhere else. So my plea is to YOU, the community member.

There are 303 children on the Community Resources Inc. Angel Tree this year.

No child ever chose to live in poverty. These are the "innocents." They are not responsible for their family's reduced circumstances, yet they must live each day of their young lives in ways that most of us would find appalling and unbearable. The Angel Tree attempts to bring some sunshine into their dreary lives at Christmas time - a time when every other "good little boy or girl" they know receives a visit from Santa Claus.

The Angel Tree provides much needed clothing items, special needs gifts and other wished-for toys to Calhoun County's neediest children. These gifts in truth give poor children "food for the soul"-the hope of a brighter future and the reassurance that someone does indeed care about them. Each and everyone deserves to experience that special feeling Christmas morning. The gifts are due at CRI on or before December 9, so as you can see the deadline is coming quickly. So please visit J&B Drug or Calhoun Banks branch in Arnoldsburg and pick up an angel. And if you don't want to shop or are unable to shop, you can contact CRI and we will do the shopping for you. Lets work together as a community and make Christmas what it should be for these children.

Thank you and God Bless,
Donna Baker Steigleder

Community Resources Inc. 304-354-9265