FOX19 - You hear it and see it often.
The ringing of the bell, barrels at the front of the grocery store and trucks filled with unwrapped toys, or coats and gloves.
But do you ever stop to think what they really mean?
You see the video on TV, organizations gathering toys and money for children who would otherwise receive nothing.
Agencies collect coats and scarves for those who shiver without them. And food pantries ask for donations because every day, some of our neighbors go to bed hungry, and the number of people in our area who are food insecure could fill a stadium several times over.
It's estimated nearly one in five children in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table.
That is simply wrong and heartbreaking. To make matters worse, help is falling off. Salvation Army donations alone are down 22 percent this year.
Consider This. We know Cincinnati is a charitable city—that we give what we can to help those in need. Let's prove it—and give...if we can. Not just at the holidays, but throughout the year.