Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Council 4361 never imagined the number of people who would respond to its request for food and clothing to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
But the overwhelming response is typical of the generosity of area residents.
Lou Kakascik and other members of the Knights of Columbus got the word out in less than a week that the group was accepting donations of cash, food and clothing. In a short time, a tractor-trailer was filled with items. A box truck of items was delivered from churches and organization in Columbiana County.
The truck load of items was delivered to locations in New York and New Jersey earlier this week. Kakascik said members of the Knights of Columbus were well received when delivering the items.
He said the victims of the hurricane were extremely grateful. There were trucks from all over the country bringing food and clothing to the East Coast.
Kakascik said, hopefully, the donations gathered from area residents will help make Thanksgiving and Christmas easier for those who lost so much during the storm. He added it makes people think about all the things they have to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. One storm and a family could lose all its possessions.
Even during hard times here in the valley, residents once again opened their hearts to give so much to help others.
Thanks to those who gave. Your compassion and generosity is so typical of the spirit here in the valley.
We truly have a lot to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.