Yesterday, most Christians throughout the world began the observation of Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter often marked by abstinence, times of fasting and acts of mercy. It is a season meant to build strength, both within the person and in the individual's faith.
Almsgiving also is among the pillars of Lenten observance. In this tradition, Catholic Charities of West Virginia is initiating the Lenten Daily Giving Program. The pledge is for people to give one can of non-perishable food each day, for 40 days. The organization is especially in need of canned soups, peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, pasta, macaroni and cheese, cornbread mixes, cereals, breakfast foods and sugar-free products. All of these items will benefit the needy in the Elkins community.
The idea for the giving program came from the Knights of Columbus Elkins Council 603.
We salute both organizations for their efforts and unique ideas. Additionally, it's the people who give, care and share compassion for the needs of others who should be recognized as role models.
There are many people in our area towns in need of food, shelter and personal items. Doing what we can to improve their lives makes us stronger as communities and as people.