THE HOLIDAY season is marked by unbridled giving.
The Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers personify that yuletide spirit. The local charitable organization again spread much holiday cheer last week, distributing $45,000 to worthwhile entities. All told, 28 groups received money from the Christian Soldiers.
The Soldiers were formed in 2005. The OVCS mission statement is to assist local groups who may need assistance. It has certainly done that.
The Soldiers' latest selfless disbursement brings its total to nearly $500,000 in its nine years of existence. That is nothing short of amazing. Moreover, it has helped many organizations in need to help further their respective causes.
OVCS President James E. Carnes said, "The Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers' goal is to raise money in Christ's name and give that money to charities and other organizations that would use these funds wisely to put food on tables, purchase cribs or diapers for infants, medicine for children and provide shelter for families in need."
Donating a half-million dollars to worthy causes is proof positive that the Christian Soldiers are living up to their intended goal. All money raised by the OVCS is given back to charitable causes.
The latest groups to be touched by the Soldiers' generosity had to meet tough guidelines to gain their early Christmas gift.
"Our organization is prepared to accept and will intensely review any request for funds," Carnes said.
The Soldiers last week aided the following: Adena Food Pantry, A Special Wish Foundation, Belmont County Salvation Army, Bridgeport Friendship COC (Food Pantry) and (Children's Christmas), Bellaire First United Methodist Church (Children's Christmas), Bridgeport Schools (Secret Santa), Catholic Neighborhood Center, CAC Teen Leadership, Coast Closet for Belmont County, Coats for Kids Campaign (WTOV-9), House of the Carpenter, Lace Up for Kids, Miracle of Life, Martins Ferry Food Pantry, Mel Blount Youth Home, Project Manna Food Pantry, Salvation Army of Wheeling, St. Clairsville Council of Churches, The Experience Feed the City, Soup Kitchen of Greater Wheeling, Shadyside COC Food Pantry, Tri-County Help Center, Warwood United Methodist Church (Good Samaritan Fund), Wheeling Health Rite, Young Life Ohio Valley East and the Barnesville Area Five Loaves Food Ministry.
All are deserving recipients, helping to make a positive difference and all can use their stipend for OVCS. The Soldiers work passionately year-round to raise money to support their philanthropy.
We commend the Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers for their humanitarian and tireless efforts. They make Christmas brighter for countless individuals and families in need.