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Stay warm, readers

SPRINGVILLE ó Have you noticed, southern Western New Yorkers? Itís cold out there. Real cold. Old Man Winter is courting Mother Nature for sure, and the Farmerís Almanac predicts a nasty one, for us in the snow belt. Iím not a fan of cold weather myself, but I know the skiers and ski shop owners among us are cheering, for the promise of snowy weather.

But there are those who arenít cheering about the upcoming chill: those who donít have adequate clothing, food or housing to get them through the season. It breaks my heart when I see a kid walking to school without a coat, when Iím bundled up in a warm car. I hope that kid just ran out the door before his parents could catch him. I fear thatís often not the case.

I think we all need to remember those who are less fortunate, this time of year. Erie County offers a Home Energy Assistance Program that helps needy residents with heat, electricity and winterization costs. That outreach will be starting soon, and I encourage everyone who might be in need to watch the Journal for updates.

For that kid without a coat, and others like him, Warm the Children, a campaign by Love In the Name of Christ, is working to keep children warm this winter, by partnering with local stores and assigning volunteer shoppers to pick out warm things for our local little ones. If youíd like to be a shopper, call 592-3761. If you need help staying warm or keeping your children cozy, Love INC will be happy to help you, too.

Finally, donít forget that we have food pantries available for those who need a hot meal on these brisk days. The Springville-Concord Food Pantry can be reached by calling Love INC. The Trading Post Community Care Center also offers food to the community, and that organization can be reached by calling 592-4455.

Your neighbor could be struggling right next door, or there could be a shivering child down the street. Letís not forget to take care of each other and take advantage of the resources available. Letís not forget to donate to those resources, if we have the means, so they can continue to help our neighbors stay safe and happy, no matter what the mercury does.
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