Volunteers continue to fill vital positions

Our area’s volunteers continue to be the backbone of our communities, and as the holidays grow nearer, we are reminded of that.

We are blessed with a contingent of people who get things done. Our volunteers hail from Steubenville and Toronto, Wellsburg and Weirton and in Wintersville, Mingo Junction, Smithfield, Burgettstown, Bergholz, New Cumberland and Beech Bottom and beyond, all the way to the many hamlets that exist in the Tri-State Area.

That bond also exists in larger nonprofit organizations such as the United Way, the Salvation Army and American Red Cross right down to the smaller, but just as important, local nonprofit service agencies.

And most of our volunteers never seek recognition for what they do. They’re just there assisting with whatever needs to be done and more than likely enjoying every minute of it.

Whether collecting money to clothe the needy or gathering warm coats, hats and scarves for needy children or working to collect food to stock a pantry or fill a grocery bag, we’re well aware our local volunteers work many, many hours to get these jobs and many more tasks completed.

And our volunteers know no age limits, from youngsters helping others through school projects to senior citizens donating knowledge and experience to counsel and comfort youngsters.

We are reminded of the great worth of our volunteers at this time of the year as projects to help the needy become more prevalent, and for that we’re extremely grateful. We wouldn’t want to do without these caring volunteers, as many children and families would go without food, clothing, toys and assistance.

So many of us are caught up in the annual crunch of holiday activities and commitments and so often it leaves little time to think of others. But, as always, that special group of tireless volunteers always seems to find time to give to others.

We view that silent group of people, working behind the scenes in churches, food pantries, ringing bells for the Salvation Army and in the schools and at senior citizens centers, as what the holiday season is all about.

We appreciate what our area volunteers do tirelessly and without hesitation. Hopefully as the need for assistance grows, so too will the number of people willing to volunteer.