Goal: $15,000

Sparkle, the Christmas star who serves as campaign mascot for the Herald-Standard’s Give-A-Christmas campaign, is wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend.

“This is a time to relax with family and friends,’’ said Sparkle. “Holiday activities are starting. There’s plenty of good food. And it’s always a good time to count our blessings.’’

But Sparkle noted the late Thanksgiving holiday also means a shorter collection time for the 2019 Give-A-Christmas campaign that benefits the Salvation Army throughout the Herald-Standard readership area.

“While you’re taking part in holiday preparations, it’s a good time to think of others,’’ said Sparkle. “Remember that we want to raise $15,000 to help the Salvation Army that provides to help in the fight against homelessness, hunger and poverty. All Give-A-Christmas donations stay in this area so when you donate, you are helping your neighbors.’’

Donations will be accepted until noon Dec. 20. The grand total will be announced in the Christmas Eve edition of the Herald-Standard.

Donors can mail contributions to Give-A-Christmas, c/o Herald-Standard, 8 E. Church St., Uniontown, PA 15401 or bring them to the Herald-Standard office in Uniontown from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Red Sparkle cups will be placed in stores that sell the Herald-Standard.

Herald-Standard employees will also be ringing bells for the campaign from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Uniontown Walmart.

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