WEIRTON - The canned foods and nonperishables donated by city employees couldn't have come at a better time, the Salvation Army's Brenda Greathouse said.
Greathouse, Weirton Salvation Army's social services director, said their donation pantry "is very low right now."
"We at the Salvation Army appreciate the City of Weirton's efforts," she said, adding that so far more than 200 Hancock County families and more than 80 families from Brooke County have registered for the Army's Thanksgiving and Christmas food programs.
HELPING HAND — Employees of the City of Weirton collected canned foods and nonperishables for the less fortunate as their contribution to Make A Difference Day. Shown with the items, to be donated to the Salvation Army, are, front from left, Paula McGrogan, Pam Fair, Miki Marino, Mayor George Kondik, Weirton Salvation Army Social Services Director Brenda Greathouse, Kathy Cihota, City Manager Valerie Means, Alex Gryskevich, (rear) Fire Chief Jerry Shumate, Darrin Hamilton, Police Chief Bruce Marshall, Steve Falbo, Angela McUmar, Rik Rekowski and Finance Director Tom Maher. -- Linda Harris
Final signups for the holiday programs, which also includes the Christmas Angel Tree and Coats for Kids, is Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their Cove Road headquarters.
"We appreciate the kindness of our employees and their dedication to helping the less fortunate," Mayor George Kondik said, pointing out that the donation would augment efforts by the Madonna and Weir High Interact Clubs to collect items for Salvation Army and the Community Breadbasket.
Club members collected donations at the Weir High-Brooke game Friday night, and at area businesses. They'll also be accepting donations this evening when Madonna takes on Steubenville Catholic Central at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
Donations also will be accepted at the Weirton Events Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Interact is hoping to win a $10,000 cash prize for the charities of their choice or a recognition award through USA Today's Make A Difference Day competition.