PAUSE for a moment.

Imagine that you are a single mom with children to care for, or a family struggling to make ends meet.

It is winter, and Christmas is coming.

Your children are excited about the upcoming holiday, but you are worried.

The gas bill is high, and you are already having trouble getting the bills paid and keeping food onthe table.

And now, there is the expense of the holiday and a real concern: How will you make sure your children have Christmas and a special holiday dinner?

Something will have to give. Maybe the solution is just to have a regular supper, nothing special.

That is, if the budget will even allow that.

It is a choice no family should have to make.

Most of us don’t even think about what we will have for Christmas dinner.

We just expect that there will be turkey, the normal fixings, as well as other treats.

And we know that no one will go home hungry.

But for some of our neighbors, what will be on that holiday table is not so certain.

Christmas dinner is expensive. A turkey alone might simply be out of a family’s budget.

But for the past 27 years, because of you, more than 1,100 families per year have been able to have that special dinner without worrying about where they will have to cut back.

The Herald Good News Fund is our chance to help our neighbors in need – and to spread a little bit of holiday cheer.

We use your generous donations to buy turkeys through D’Onofrio’s Food Center. They are then distributed to local families through the Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County and its network of food pantries.

The best part of donating to The Good News Fund is that you get to make a difference in someone’s life – and to take a burden off them as the holiday season gets closer.

We all know what Christmas is supposed to be about – giving.

But in the hustle, the bustle and the shopping, we can sometimes forget to slow down and to remember.

So make it a holiday tradition to help give a Christmas dinner to a local family. And on Christmas Day, when you are all sitting around the table at your house, you will know that somewhere, all of you have made it possible for another family to sit down, too.

Donating to The Good News Fund is easy. The year-round fund is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Send a check made out to the Good News Fundand mail it in care of The Herald, Box 51, Sharon, PA 16146.

Or, if you prefer, drop off your donation at our office at 52 S. Dock St. or at the Allied News office at 201A Erie St., Grove City.

When you make your donation, you can also include a dedication, in memory of or in honor of a friend or family member, or with a special Christmas wish. Those contributions will be honored in The Herald. What a wonderful gift to give someone who has everything – or to a special child or grandchild as a reminder that some of the best gifts we get are those that are shared with someone else. Local businesses can also include their name in their donation.

There is still time to get your donation in, but please remember that we need time to get the turkeys to local families. So, if you want to give, please do so soon.

We cannot thank you enough for all that you have done over the last 26 years. Your generous spirit does not surprise us, but we will never, ever take it for granted.

Please join us this year in making a difference once again.

We know we can count on all of you.