Easterseals: Annual fundraiser still vital for community

Among the losses to our community as we seek to keep each other safe and follow guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic is the annual Easterseals Festival of Trees, at the Blennerhassett Hotel. Though it had been planned for Nov. 15, organizers decided it was best to cancel amid so much uncertainty.

Of course it is a shame not to have the opportunity to view the incredible works of holiday design — trees, wreaths, mantlepieces — by local artists whose talent rivals any on the global scene. The entries are always beautiful, creative — sometimes a lot of fun — and never fail to ignite the holiday spirit.

But they are also meant to ignite a spirit of giving, as proceeds from the event are one of the major fundraisers for Easterseals Rehabilitation Center each year. Though it is one of the few times the organization calls a lot of attention to itself, it is always a reminder of the incredible good done by Easterseals in our communities. It provides rehabilitative medical care and pediatric therapy in the Mid- and Upper Ohio valleys, and does not deny care to anyone — even though more than half of those in need of such care require financial help.

Community support helps make that happen. Donations can be made at wv.easterseals.com, or by mail to 1305 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.

This year, we might not be able to give with the return being a fantastic holiday display of local artistry. This year, we’ll just have to give knowing we are doing good for local people who need help. That is reason enough.


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