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Keep it up with the charitable endeavors

Local residents know what a struggle the past few months has been economically. For far too many, the financial uncertainty has just been more of the kind of challenges they have been enduring for quite some time.

It is up to those who are able to do what is right during such times and lend a hand. The folks at Peoples Bank, in conjunction with the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund, are doing just that.

Many in the Mid-Ohio Valley heard Burrow’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech, in which he got emotional telling the rest of the world about his home.

“Coming from Southeast Ohio, it’s a very impoverished area,” he said. “The poverty level is almost two times the national average. There are so many people there that don’t have a lot.”

But Burrow understood he now has the power to help those people; and his efforts have inspired others to find new ways to give.

“We’ve been big on fighting hunger,” said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples Bank president and CEO, last week. “Our employees donate more than $10,000 a month through employee deductions.”

Because of that kind of generosity, the bank was able to give $25,000 to the Joe Burrow Hunger Relief Fund Thursday. But that is not a sign that the work is done. Far from it.

Efforts like those at Peoples Bank and Burrow’s initiative should only inspire the rest of us to look for ways we, too, can be part of the solution in lifting ALL of us. We are grateful to those already doing what they can. Let’s join them.

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