Take time to be grateful, thankful

In the rush and bustle that accompanies the Christmas season, we sometimes forget to stop and count our reason to be grateful. In hurrying to and fro from that holiday party to this shopping expedition, we sometimes forget to stop and thank those deserving in our lives.

This weekend will give area residents the opportunity to count their blessings and offer thanks.

The Salvation Army of Weirton and Weirton Wal-Mart will be collecting toys, clothing and food for our less-fortunate neighbors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Weirton Wal-Mart parking lot.

If you are fortunate enough to afford to provide a holiday celebration for your family, be grateful. If you are even more fortunate and can afford to make a local child’s Christmas a holiday to remember, please consider donating toward putting a present under a tree or a holiday meal on the table.

The ability to bring a smile to a child’s face or making sure a senior citizen has a filling meal is a blessing. Many hearts making grateful donations, no matter how small, are a powerful force. Christmas joy, when shared, can never be subtracted, but only multiplied.

While you are counting your blessings and giving thanks for them, consider visiting the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, where an appreciation reception will be held for our local veterans to mark Pearl Harbor Day.

Local veterans will be sharing their experiences, which will be recorded as part of the West Virginia Northern Panhandle Hero Project. The reception will be followed by the unveiling of a new display on Weirton’s mayors at noon and a rededication of the “Forged by Steel” sign at 1 p.m.

Stop by and thank a veteran and take the time to hear their stories; you won’t regret it.