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Charities need help from community

September is just now peeking across the top of the calendar pages and Tri-State stores are already getting ready for their biggest shopping season of the year – Christmas.

Wednesday, September 01, 1999

September is just now peeking across the top of the calendar pages and Tri-State stores are already getting ready for their biggest shopping season of the year – Christmas.

Yet, even with the early warning call from the stores, few Lawrence County residents are probably thinking about the holidays to come.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the times of year when most area residents start thinking about taking care of their needy neighbors. That’s when the food drives start and when the most help is available for families who need it.

While those efforts are laudable, Lawrence County charities know that need doesn’t come and go with the seasons – or the holidays.

The recent drought has left many farmers without enough produce to share with the food pantries. That means less food is available for those whose cupboards are bare.

Most county families don’t know what it is like to miss a meal or to have to worry where the next meal is going to come from. In fact, many of us are wasteful, throwing away food that we have let rot in our refrigerators or leftovers that we really did not want. There are many county families that just don’t have that luxury.

As you get ready to start a new season, look through your cupboards for a few cans of food, or stop by and pick up some extra meals to donate to one of our local food pantries.

A few dollars could mean a meal for a needy family.