On Thursday, many area residents gathered around the table with their families. On Friday, others took advantage of the bargains. Not everyone was so fortunate to participate in either or both of these traditions that began the holiday season.
As you make your shopping plans, be sure to include on your list those in need. Many local groups are sponsoring toy and gift drives. The annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and Marine Corps League Toys for Tots program is under way through Dec. 22, with drop-off points at several locations in Randolph, Barbour, Upshur, Lewis, Tucker, Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Harrison counties. Catholic Charities West Virginia is among other organizations and churches sponsoring Angel Trees. Providing a gift to these or any other number of causes will make the holiday brighter for someone less fortunate.
As we've all come to know, a gift doesn't always come in a box. Visiting or helping a friend or neighbor who is alone during the holidays is likely worth more than you can imagine. Giving your time and being a good listener can do your heart good, too.
Spreading joy during this season of goodwill is something we should all strongly consider. Carrying on that practice once the holidays have come to an end isn't a bad idea either.