It's the season of giving back .. But it's important to remember the needs of our four legged friends during the winter as well.
That's why Weston's volunteer fire department hosts their annual collection drive for their local animal shelter - inspired by a very special resident.
Halligan, a five year old dalmatian- serves as both the volunteer fire department’s and the town’s mascot.
"He's very popular, that's for sure," said volunteer Andrew Reynolds
And over the past four years, firefighters have used his popularity to give back through a month long event called "Halligan's Drive to Make a Difference".
The donations go to the Lewis/Upshur county shelter- which the firefighters say have an almost constant need for more supplies
"We're looking for wet dog food, dry dog food, cat litter, bleach, collars, leashes, any toys," Reynolds said
Dropping off donations is easy.
WDTV-TV CBS 5
Wet, cool conditions are helping to slow a wildfire in Pendleton County that broke out on Thanksgiving.
The Dry Hollow Fire was first reported early Thursday in the Monongahela National Forest near the community of Upper Tract.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire has burned nearly 1,300 acres of both public and privately-owned land. The fire is burning with low to moderate intensity, which is beneficial for some forest species regeneration, including oaks and Table Mountain pine, the agency said.
No structures are threatened. The fire is about 60 percent contained and Forest Service Spokesperson Kelly Bridges said the agency expects fewer firefighters will be needed Tuesday.
Burned areas remain closed to the public. The cause of the fire is under investigation. You can find the lastest on the fire here.
West Virginia Public Television