With Halloween only a few days away, area families are looking forward to the holiday. And while frightening costumes and decorations are expected at this time of year, the truly scary time is still a couple of months ahead for some families.
That’s a time over the Christmas holidays when some families don’t even have enough money to provide a proper meal for their children.
Not only do some children in Mercer County go to bed without an expected visit from Santa Claus. They will wake up Christmas morning hungry and with nothing to satisfy that hunger.
But that’s where the good people of Mercer County can help out.
This marks the 21st year of The Herald’s Good News Fund which annually provides turkeys and other food for needy families at Christmas.
Thus far in the early stages of the drive, a total of $1,860 has been raised. But much more is needed.
It will cost well over $20,000 to provide the usual 1,200 turkeys that are distributed through the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County’s network of pantries.
Turkeys will be bought through D’Onofrio’s Food Center in Hermitage and delivered to the warehouse through arrangements by the store with its supplier.
We are all aware that our county has been hard hit by the economic downturn that rocked the entire country a few years ago. But while other areas have bounced back, there is still a higher level of unemployment here than other parts of the country.
And let’s face it: Many of us could go with one or two fewer presents under the tree if we know that we’re helping people who may not be able to afford presents or even properly feed their children.
Throughout its history, the fund has garnered most of its contributions from hundreds of local families and several professional offices and businesses. The fund offers readers the option of making a donation in the name of a friend or family member as a holiday gift idea.
Remember, all donations are tax-free and the year-round fund is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Anyone wanting to help should make checks payable to The Good News Fund and mail them to Nancy Ash, in care of The Herald, Box 51, Sharon 16146. Or Contributions may be dropped off at The Herald office, 52 S. Dock St., Sharon, or at the Allied News office in Grove City.
The Herald publishes a list of all donors as a way of saying “Thanks for helping others.” But the real thanks will be knowing that people in need have something worthwhile to eat on Christmas Day. As we often write: “Don’t give ’til it hurts; give ’til it feels good!”