THUMBS UP to individuals and organizations working to help those in need.

HealthBack Home Health started its annual holiday drive, asking people this year to donate items that would go to local nursing homes around the holiday season.

The organization is asking for blankets, lotions, body wash and other toiletries for elderly at local nursing homes. Items can be dropped off at HealthBack Home Health’s office at 1102 E. Washington Ave. until the Dec. 10 deadline.

Lots of individuals and organizations in the area organize charitable drives to help members of our community.

We applaud everyone preparing to spend more time helping other people — whether that comes in dropping off at a donation box or organizing an entire event for the community.

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THUMBS UP to McAlester Regional Health Center for adding another cardiologist to our community.

Dr. Glenn Reynolds recently joined the Oklahoma Heart Hospital at the Southeast Clinic with Dr. Charles Moore to provide more expertise in heart care for southeast Oklahoma.

MRHC offers 24/7 STEMI coverage and provides care with board-certified interventional cardiologists.

Hospital staff treat various cardiovascular trauma — high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart failure, artery disease, heart attacks and more.

Adding medical services for growth at a rural hospital is crucial for communities — especially in a time when many rural hospitals are closing.

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THUMBS UP to Tannehill Public Schools for recently thanking law enforcement officers.

The school offered a free meal to all law enforcement officers who attended a recent basketball game. A sign at the game read “Some heroes wear capes — but ours wear uniforms.”

Enforcing laws is a difficult task when alleged criminals flee or attempt to take the life of officers.

Agencies working to enforce laws also had to adjust to Friday’s implementation of new laws — including Marsy’s Law, a firearms open carry law, changes to speed limits and more.

So we also thank officers for risking their lives and working to reduce crime in our community.

McAlester News-Capital Editorial Board

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