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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones.

It seems that this year is really flying by. I can’t believe we’re past trees and turkeys already.

This time of year certainly makes us step back and reflect on our blessings, which I hope the majority of our readers will benefit in abundance from. The unfortunate truth is that many individuals and families in our community are finding the holiday season very hard.

Our United Way of Southern West Virginia understands the increasing needs in our community. For decades, we have often been the first port of call for partner agencies, schools, individuals and organizations who know someone is in an unfortunate situation and needs help. “Help” can mean anything from financial support to food to mental and physical security for yourself or others. In 2021, 16.8 percent of West Virginia’s population lived below the poverty line (www.statista.com). According to the US Census Bureau, West Virginia’s child poverty rate is 23.1 percent.

When we hear statistics like these above, I encourage everyone to refrain from ignorance. People in need are around us every day. Think of fellow grocery shoppers, your children’s or grandchildren’s classmates, and the families who surround you at local sporting events. Almost 1 in 5 of these people (almost 1 in 4 of the children) are experiencing true needs in one way or another. As we emerge from the “Turkey Nebula” after Thanksgiving, let us redirect our energies to positively impact life in our community.

Next Tuesday, November 29th, is Giving Tuesday. This year marks the 10th year of Giving Tuesday, which started in 2012 with a simple idea of ​​encouraging people to do good. Giving Tuesday is a global movement that continues to grow, urging people around the world to be generous to others. Our United Way of Southern West Virginia is a huge supporter of Giving Tuesday as it is literally our job to give to others.

Next Giving Tuesday (only three days away) we’re hosting a Diaper & Donation Drop. I am asking every reader to join the movement and donate to our United Way of Southern West Virginia this Giving Tuesday by stopping by the office and donating an unopened package of diapers (any size) and/or a cash donation. Every diaper and donation helps increase our organization’s ability to make a difference. We will pay the diaper donations to our partner organizations who are selflessly working on the front lines for young children. Diapers and donations will be accepted this Tuesday, November 29 any time between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the United Way of Southern West Virginia office at 101 Croft St. in Beckley.

United starts with you.

Campaign pledges or individual donations can be made conveniently and securely online at www.unitedwayswv.org, by calling 304-253-2111 to speak with a United Way representative, or by mailing your contribution to: United Way of Southern WV, PO Box 5456, Beckley, WV25801.

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