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UP: To the Parkersburg Police Department and Piggly Wiggly for their delivery of meals to 75 seniors in need last week. Though the department often focuses on issues involving vulnerable youth in our communities, COVID-19 changed that focus this year. So, the department used about $500 from its law enforcement support fund to supplement Meals on Wheels with prepared meals from Piggly Wiggly (which, in turn, offered the meals at a discount). “It’s just part of being a good community member,” said Piggly Wiggly owner Jim Oppe. Thank you, to Parkersburg police and Chief Joe Martin, as well as Oppe, for always working to serve others.

UP: To those who are honoring a dedicated animal lover by creating a fund to help people with emergency veterinary bills. “Ciara’s Grace” is named for Ciara Petri, a Boxers Bed and Biscuits employee who recently died from cancer. “Instead of flowers she wanted everybody to donate to this fund, she was such an animal lover,” said facilities manager Lori Shultz. “She just wanted to do something for the pets, in her memory.” Any pet owner who has faces an excruciating decision when presented with the possibility of an emergency vet bill can appreciate the impact such a fund might make. Thank you, to Petri, and to those who are honoring her memory.

UP: To Parchment Valley Baptist Church, which was recognized last week for its volunteer work on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. “Most of (the packed shoeboxes) go to third world countries and places of great need to people who have never heard the gospel so that’s the main thing, spreading the gospel,” said Rusty Keplinger, logistics coordinator for Operation Christmas Child for the Parkersburg area. Kudos to those who are spreading a little love across the globe this time of year.


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