Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To all the businesses, schools and organizations getting behind the Salvation Army’s toy drive. Mayfield Elementary School held a “Stuff the Sleigh” event on Thursday.

Principal Nicholas Criscone said on Thursday almost every student and staff member in the school participated in the event, bringing a new, unused toy for the Salvation Army in Gloversville to hand out to area children. Last year the organization was able to give more than 1,600 toys to more than 400 families right in our immediate area.

The goal this year was to double the number of families served and to triple the number of toys given to each child.

The organization also served more than 6,500 meals and more than 700 households were able to stock their shelves with food through the organization.

But without the support and help of the community, the Salvation Army would have a more difficult time providing these services to those in need.

Kudos to all the businesses, organizations and schools that are helping one of our most valuable local organizations reach its goals.

JEERS – To the local issue of so many infants and young babies being abused by the people who are supposed to protect them. In recent weeks, two infants have been hospitalized with fractured skulls, allegedly at the hands of their fathers during a domestic incident; while a 7-month-old, weighing only 13 pounds at the time, was taken away from his mother who allegedly had not fed him properly. Police say the baby is beginning to thrive while in foster care.

Each one of these cases still needs to wind its way through the court system and hopefully the parents, who allegedly hurt the babies, will receive the help they need to move forward.

Unfortunately, these babies will need some sort of miracle in order to have a chance at living a life full of opportunities which most of us take for granted. They are starting out life behind the eight-ball.

This is a community problem, and as a community, we need to find a way to help address the problems facing families that are at risk for violence, abuse or neglect. No child says I want to grow up to be a child abuser. Unfortunaltely, some people are not taught those boundaries as children.

It takes a village, a city, a community to help raise a child. Let’s find a way to keep more children from growing up to repeat the pattern.