A little time can be the greatest gift
With the afterglow of Thanksgiving still upon us, the preparations of Christmas going strong, and the holiday right around the corner, we should all take a moment and reflect on the true meaning of the holiday season.
Many of us are fortunate to have families and loved ones to exchange gifts and greetings with, but many are not. Many are lonely, having no families to have dinner with or no friends or acquaintances with whom to share the magic of the season.
It would be a true gift to these folks to have someone reach out to them this holiday season. A visit or a ride offered would mean more to many than any expensive present. A dish of cookies or even an invitation to visit your home could help fill a lonely void. It doesn't take a lot of time or money to enrich a person's life. Simple kindness can be the greatest gift of all.
Many of our veterans are also lonely this time of years. Most of us have a stamp or two lying around. Please take a minute and send a veteran a card.
Cards can be mailed to: Pittsburgh Veteran Center, 954 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222.
Such little effort can mean so much to so many.
Starting at 5 p.m., this Friday and Saturday, the West Overton Museum will be holding its "West Overton Christmas Celebration" at the museum. Hor d'oeuvres will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6. The West Overton Heritage Singers will perform their Christmas Concert at approximately 7 p.m.
The museum has been filled with festive decorations and many decorated Christmas trees. Cost is $30 per person and $25 for museum members. Price includes food, beverage and concert. Photographs can be purchased from the photographer. For information call 724-887-7910
At 9 a.m. Dec. 21, bring all the kids out for "Breakfast with Santa" at the Mount Pleasant Elks located on Main Street. Tom's Sandwich Shop and the Elks are sponsoring this event which includes breakfast, live music, games, prizes and fun! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in advance at Tom's Sandwich Shop, located in the "In Town Shops." For information, call 724-547-4787
This Saturday will be the monthly meeting of the Braddock Trail Chapter of the Mount Pleasant Daughters of the American Revolution. A noon luncheon is planned with the meeting to immediately follow. Mary Shonk is this month's speaker and will hold a program entitled "Wellness through Magnetic Therapy." All new and prospective members are welcome.
Most children thoroughly enjoy shopping for holiday presents to give to family and friends. Since many gifts will be their "secrets" they need to shop alone. Let them shop alone at the mall or big department store• No way. Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, several local merchants are trying something new and very convenient for both kids and parents. "Children's Shopping Night" will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Students from the Mount Pleasant Area High School Interact Club will be on hand to help with gift suggestions for the children and help with shopping. While the kids shop, parents are invited for a free cup of hot coffee at "Tom's Sandwich Shop." What could be easier• So save all the hassles, kick back, have a cup of coffee, and let the kids shop! For more information, call 724-547-0660
Ever see or hear a bird and wonder exactly what kind of bird it could be• From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., this Saturday, Mary Lou Shick will be holding her monthly nature program at the Mount Pleasant Free Public Library titled "Birds for Beginners." She will discuss different birds and conduct a hands-on interactive presentation. Shick is always very informative and interesting and she makes learning fun for all ages.
Starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Mount Pleasant Senior Citizens Center will be presenting a 10-week program on nutrition. Connie Blystone from the Penn State Extension will be hosting the program that will include tips on nutrition, diet and even a few recipes! This program has been offered in the past and has always been a huge success. There is no fee to participate. For information, call 724-547-4593.
Thought for the day: Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. - Samuel Johnson
Have a great week!
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Forbes is a Mount Pleasant resident.