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Kudos to businesses meeting the need for kids

At this time of year, most of us have given in and brought out those big, warm winter coats — unable to withstand the cold in thinner fall jackets any longer. It is a luxury too many of us take for granted; and an option not available to some struggling families in our region.

But a couple of local businesses made a big difference for 100 kids this week. Peoples Bank employees, in partnership with Old Navy, raised $2,500 to purchase 100 children’s coats. They delivered 25 each to Gospel Mission and Washington-Morgan Community Action in Marietta, North Clothing Closet at North Parkersburg Baptist Church and Bright Beginnings Child Care in Wood County.

These coats will keep warm children who face a host of disadvantages in their daily lives.

“There are a lot of children who walk here from school who don’t have coats at all,” said Gospel Mission Director Candy Waite.

” … It’s sad to see, but they come in here in this weather without gloves, without hats, without coats, some even don’t have socks,” she said.

Kudos to the folks at Peoples Bank who came through in such a big way.

May their actions inspire others in this season during which it is important to make sure our kids are warm, fed, sheltered AND have a toy or two to unwrap when the time comes. The need is great and varied.

If we work together, we can meet it.

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