The calendar has rapidly turned into November and with this time of year comes our biggest season of giving.
Our city and neighboring communities are truly blessed with those who recognize needs of others. Whether assisting food pantries, supporting various benefits such as those we gladly provide exposure to on our pages, especially the daily calendar page, or any other act of benevolence, you -?the good and kind citizen - steps forward with an extended hand.
Among the most pro-active groups are our church members. They will be especially busy during the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. One such church is Realife Church in Salem.
This Saturday, the church will conduct its "Warm Up Salem- Free Coat Give Away." It will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Centennial Park's pavilion 1. Just look for the long line.
Last year, needy residents - including hundreds of children - took advantage of the generosity of Realife Church and other businesses which provided coats.
"Warm Up Salem- Free Coat Give Away" is an outreach of Realife Church. Pastor Jason Vickery, his wife Sarah, and a others who have been working for months on this event. Providing a warm coat during cold weather is surely a heartfelt and genuine expression of devotion to a calling.
Some 500 coats of all sizes for children and adults will be distributed. That is impressive and that also somberly reflects the difficult times many are facing. We recognize and thank Yuhanick's Cleaners which donated the cleaning of so many coats. That had to have taken some time.
Registration on Saturday will begin at noon. A hot lunch is being provided from Realife Second Mile Ministries and "Not Just Smoke," a food ministry from the Columbiana area. All those coming will be provided a hot lunch - just another way of sharing by those involved.
We want to offer a public shout out to Realife Church for the good that it does throughout the year and the tremendous service it will provide Saturday. We want to offer recognition to all the churches, social groups, organizations and individuals who will provide their own form of warmth this holiday season, coats or otherwise. We are truly blessed to have so many good people. That is what makes this coming part of the year so very special.