EDITORIAL: Holidays are an opportunity to help others | Editorials

As we clean Thanksgiving leftovers from our fridges and head into Christmas, the American vibe right now is probably more “bah, humbug” than “goodwill to men!” “

COVID-19 appears to have had a demoralizing fourth wind, with cases increasing in western Pennsylvania and other parts of the country. Inflation has eaten away at consumers’ wallets more than at any time in the past 30 years, and the country is perhaps even more fiercely divided than it was just a few years ago. The grim provision has pounded President Biden’s approval numbers despite the legislative success of his infrastructure package.

On the bright side, smart money has most of our current difficulties which are temporary. The coronavirus will eventually go away, although there is room to worry about further mutations and how much illness and death the world will endure. Several economists have argued convincingly that this surge in inflation looks less like the soaring inflation of the 1970s and more like the inflation that followed the end of World War II, as the country demobilized and demand consumer repression was unleashed. The global supply chain issues that were hampering the flow of goods will eventually be resolved. There are reasons to believe that the overall economic situation will improve in the coming months.

Nonetheless, COVID-19 and rising prices have exacerbated the woes that many people are experiencing. Families who were already struggling have to pay even more for basic necessities. As we enter this season of giving and giving, those who can afford it may want to lend a hand to the many nonprofits in the area through donating money, time or money. expertise.

From Thanksgiving Day until Christmas, the Observer-Rapporteur and the Herald-Standard will spotlight nonprofits in a series called “Helping the Helpers”. Readers will be able to find out what these organizations need and how they can help them. In Thursday’s edition, editor Karen Mansfield looked at The Salvation Army and how individuals can help this venerable organization by participating in seasonal efforts like distributing Christmas gifts to children, the participation in the Christmas Basket of Hope or the Red Kettle campaign, which is the most visible of all Salvation Army efforts.

Captain Amber Imhoff of the Salvation Army Corps in Washington explained, “We definitely need volunteers year round. We try to do good in our community and for our community throughout the year, but it’s a busy time for us.

Imhoff also pointed out that there are many ways people can help.

“Maybe you can’t stand up and ring a bell because of work commitments or a health problem, but you can hang door hangers for the red kettle, or maybe you can’t can’t help financially, but you can assemble a bike or load cars for our Christmas distribution, ”she said.

Lending a helping hand will benefit the entire community this holiday season. It could also help a lot of us get past that “bah, humbug” mood.

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