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There truly are still good kids in Harrison County.  The Cadiz American Legion Post 34 Junior Auxiliary and friends showed that once again this Christmas season. 

The kids spent the past year raising money through bake sales, breakfasts, and concession stands and when Christmas rolled around they were ready to help the best they could.  A handful of names of Veterans and Veteran widows were provided to the kids as possibly needing help this winter.  Each one was contacted individually and asked, “If you could have one thing for Christmas, what would it be?”  Most answered with good health for either themselves or their family.  Veterans and their families are a proud group.  They are a strong group.  To ask for a hand out is not in their nature.  When asked about groceries, rent, heat and utilities they each were reluctant to admit they did needed help.  Some needed help with rent, some needed help with utilities and some even admitted they weren’t sure if they would have heat next month.  Gift cards for groceries were purchased and checks made out to the utility company or land lord were written and then hand delivered to 15 Harrison County families before the Christmas holiday.

When word that one of our local Veterans needed help with the purchase and delivery of coal to heat his home got out, some businesses with local ties stepped forward to lend their assistance.  Ohio River Aggregate Trucking Company donated the use of one of their trucks to make the delivery.  A very special driver of theirs donated his time to pick up and deliver the coal on his day off.  Oxford Resource Partners (we know them as Oxford Mining) donated all the coal from a surface mine right here in Harrison County.  When the coal was delivered and being dumped, the pile grew larger and larger and the recipient’s eyes grew larger and larger and a couple of tears formed in the corner of his eye.  “That should last me ALL winter!” was all he could say.

When Taylor (one of the Junior Auxiliary members) was asked why they do this, all she could say was, “Because they served our country to give us our freedom, helping them is the least we can do.  This is MY Christmas.  If there was nothing under our tree, but I got to spend the day with my family I would be completely okay with that.”

The Junior Auxiliary would like to thank all those who helped them this past year.  All those who attended their breakfasts, bought baked goods, Thunder on the Hill for asking the Junior Auxiliary to have a concession stand at all the rallies, all the private donations and of course Oxford Mining and Ohio River Aggregate.

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Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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