A number of tri-state area residents have a personal or familial interest in helping victims of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines.
One of those folks, Wheeling resident Elsie Reyes, said her family remained safe and no damages occurred to their home.
Those relatives are now trying to help people affected by the disaster. Reyes said, "My family in the Philippines is also making a big effort to buy rice, canned goods and supplies to distribute to the impoverished area.
"There are five islands affected by the typhoon but relief efforts have been concentrated on the one main island. Meanwhile, the other islands are not getting the help," she related.
"A lot of people have been very generous and gave me cash donations and I will send it directly to buy supplies in the affected area of Antique, which is my home province," Reyes added.
Reyes' family has already prepared one large load of supplies for distribution. She said her relatives now "have gathered about 500 families that are going to get the next distribution."
Meanwhile, Reyes said, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is taking a collection for the victims today and sending the donations to the Catholic Relief Services.
In the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, congregations and individuals are being encouraged to make contributions to Episcopal Relief and Development for the Philippines typhoon relief effort.
On Wednesday, the vestry of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Wheeling voted to designate the parish gift from the upcoming all-parish birthday party for typhoon relief through Episcopal Relief and Development. Individual donations for ERD also are being accepted at St. Matthew's.
Area folks who are nostalgic for past observances of the holidays in downtown Wheeling will be excited to know that the Talking Tree is returning to town.
The Talking Christmas Tree - which was a fixture in the display windows of the former L.S. Good & Co. department store during the holiday season for many years - is being re-created for this year's Fantasy in Lights parade taking place Friday evening, Nov. 22. The vocal pine will appear on a float in the holiday parade, we're told.
There's nothing better than a new home for the holidays, and thanks to the hard work of lots of volunteers, that dream will become a reality for a Wheeling family.
The Wheeling Area Habitat for Humanity board will hold a dedication and blessing at Soroptimist House, its newly-completed project located at 97 33rd St., Wheeling, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.
Well known for its famous fish sandwiches, Coleman's Fish Market now has another menu item on which to brag: its championship clam chowder. The Centre Market business won the best soup award at Crittenton Services' annual soup and salad luncheon in mid-October.
The event featured a soup cook-off with six participants representing Coleman's, the Soup Shack, Oglebay, River City Ale Works and Crittenton's own chefs.
"More than 325 people attended the luncheon and each attendee had a vote," said Stacy Rich, director of marketing for Crittenton Services.
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer. net.