It's an unfortunate part of the weather business that disasters happen.
Southern West Virginia has been hit again by heavy rains last weekend, and massive flooding has hit the residents there again.
WTAP and the American Red Cross have teamed up again to collect donations outside the studio this week. It's a winning combination that has been helpful and successful in the past.
But this weekend also marks two other worthy fundraisers that are running in area parks.
The annual Relay of Life is being held at City Park and Civitan Park. This outpouring of support for the American Red Cross is also very important to our area, as teams compete on many fronts to raise funds for cancer research and treatment while remembering loved ones and cancer survivors.
You might think that this is a terrible idea to try to compete against one another to raise funds.
Unfortunately, we can't always pick when a disaster happens. When mother nature decides to unleash her fury, it happens. We can only react.
Fortunately, we live in a valley where concern for your neighbor and helping your fellow man are strong values.
To my memory, the mid-Ohio valley has never let a fundraiser fail, and has always dug deep into their pockets to help out.
This year is no different, as car after car, person after person, school after school, have passed the hat and handed over cash, checks and contributions.
So, you see, there really isn't any competition between these major fundraiser efforts. Everyone benefits.
Whether you are remembering loved ones in the park, or passing the hat to help others in need after flooding strikes.... this valley helps.
And that's the way it should be.