WEIRTON - Noting the upcoming holiday season is about giving to others, two local businesses have teamed up with the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce to lend a hand to some local organizations.
On Saturday, along with the Weirton Christmas Parade and other holiday-themed activities, a collection will be held to benefit three area agencies. Organized by Wine and Beverage Merchants of West Virginia and Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, items collected will be donated to the Weirton Christian Center, the Salvation Army and the Community Bread Basket.
"This is the time to remember the less fortunate," Nick Latousakis, owner of Wine and Beverage Merchants, said.
Wine and Beverage Merchants and Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home are teaming up with the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce to collect items to benefit three local organizations for the holidays. The collection will take place Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. in the funeral home parking lot. Helping to plan the collection are, from left, John Greco, owner of Greco-Hertnick; Chamber President Brenda Mull; and Nick Latousakis, owner of Wine and Beverage Merchants. -- Craig Howell
Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, a collection truck will be in the Main Street parking lot of Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home. Volunteers will be on hand to collect donations of new socks and gloves for the Weirton Christian Center, new toys for the Salvation Army and non-perishable food for the Community Bread Basket.
Latousakis and funeral home owner John Greco explained their involvement in local organizations such as the Christian Center and the United Way has shown them the need in the community.
"We just want to make everyone's season brighter," Greco said.
The charity collection will take place beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home. Items being accepted are new gloves and socks for the Weirton Christian Center, new toys for the Salvation Army and non-perishable food for the Community Bread Basket.
Monetary donations also can be accepted, with checks made out to the individual organization of the donor's choice.
Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce President Brenda Mull said the chamber is proud to partner with the organizing businesses and provide an opportunity for residents to give for the benefit of others.
Mull said it has been good to see so much charity from Weirton in helping others in need, whether it be locally or across the nation.
"We don't want to forget the needs in our own community," Mull said.
The collection is the latest activity taking place Saturday and revolving around the annual Weirton Christmas Parade. While the parade is set to begin at 6 p.m., several other events will take place throughout the afternoon, including pictures with Santa Claus, the annual Christmas tree decoration contest and a craft show all at the Millsop Community Center. A model railroad exhibit will be on display at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
"We encourage people to come early," Mull said.
In addition to the activities, parking on Main Street will be restricted beginning at noon Saturday, with traffic restricted from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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