For those who have too littleIt's that time of year.
In our part of the country, the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank reports 20 percent to 30 percent increases over the last two years in the numbers of people getting emergency food assistance from the 360-plus partner programs it serves.
They help an average of 111,000 people every month, the regional food bank's president and CEO, Pamela Irvine, says. Just some of the 362,747 individuals -- our neighbors -- who live in poverty in Southwest Virginia.
The Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is in the midst of its Holidays From the Heart food drive. Other nonprofits too numerable to mention kick into high gear at this time of year to feed the poor.
They are in continual need of donations, especially in these hard times.
* I met my first (as always, cheerful) Salvation Army bell ringer at the bank the other day. The bell pealed as the pot clinked. A sweet sound. A good feeling.
* Does Target still ban the bell ringers from in front of its stores? Since I began my boycott several years ago, I've lost touch with the scrooges there. I hope they've found it in their ice-cold hearts to reverse their decision.
* It's going to be a cold winter. And we have a lot more people out of work now who will be needing assistance. Second Harvest Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross all need our help.
Have a merry holiday season, by the way.