Editorial: You can help spread some holiday cheer

Editorial Board • Nov 18, 2019 at 1:45 PM

For more than four decades, the Times News has conducted its Rescue Fund to give the region’s neediest families a helping hand over the holidays.

It has been successful because residents in this region not only eagerly go out of their way to help those less fortunate, but feel an obligation to do so. Giving to the Rescue Fund — a nonprofit entity that operates with only gratis overhead support from this newspaper — is a way of giving back to the community and of satisfying that obligation.

The Rescue Fund provides food vouchers for families screened by the Salvation Army to verify need. The dollar amount of the vouchers is based not only on the size of the family but also on the level of donations. The more donated to the Rescue Fund, the greater the food vouchers. Every penny donated goes directly to those needy families.

The Rescue Fund serves families in Lee, Wise and Scott counties in Virginia, and Sullivan and Hawkins counties in Tennessee. But as with any program of this type, success is dependent on the caring and charity of those who contribute to help the less fortunate.

We have found that in most cases the families have been left in need because of some tragic misfortune — most often illness. The Rescue Fund can’t change their circumstances directly. But it can provide nourishment for the hungry. Almost as important, it shows that someone cares.

All donations will be listed in the newspaper, although donors may choose to remain anonymous. Many who have donated to the Rescue Fund through the years have done so in memory of a loved one.

We are privileged to conduct the program. But it is you, our readers, who makes it possible. It is you who brings a bit of holiday cheer to families desperately in need and who otherwise would have no hope of a happy holiday. And it is you who brings a smile to the faces of children living in the depths of poverty, at least during this special time of the year.

By pulling together, we have faith that those who can help will help bring food — and hope — to the region’s neediest families, especially this holiday season. It’s what we have to do because it’s what we are called to do. Speaking for those children, we thank you in advance for your help and support once again.

A blessing given is a blessing received, and it is through those blessings that we hope to maintain, and perhaps even expand, the number of families reached by the Rescue Fund.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Times News Rescue Fund at 701 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660. Readers may also donate online at https://rescuefund.timesnews.net/.

A receipt will be mailed, and the donation will be listed in the Times News in your name, anonymously or in someone’s memory.

On behalf of those needy families, thanks, once again, for your help.

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