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Time to think of others

Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 9:00 AM

As the holiday season approaches, many local families are in need of assistance.

After three years, the economy has still not recovered and far too many of our neighbors remain unemployed or underemployed, through no fault of their own.

Over the next few weeks, this paper will help promote local efforts to help those families, from the Giving Tree to various food drives to help stock the depleted pantries of local food banks. We cannot encourage our citizens enough to do what they can to help. Every tiny thing you do now will make a big difference in the lives of these families.

In addition, there are many individuals in our area who won't have family available to them to celebrate with during the holidays. They range from lonely airmen on base to senior citizens.

Reach out to them. Invite them into your home for dinner or to a family celebration. The gift of companionship is also and important give this holiday season.

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In fact, after three years the economy is worse, and even more are needy. I'll do my part and hope others do too!

-- Posted by skeeter on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 5:06 PM

I always do, plus some for toys for tots. A kid without even 1 present under the tree or on the floor is sad indeed. God Bless The Marines!

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 6:40 PM

Once upon a time when I lived in a small town, there were many who wouldn't ask or accept any aid when offered. A group of us got together, got some gifts for the kids, wrapped them, put them in a box and delivered them in the middle of the night. They might have needed food, but we knew that the local church food bank had their own plans. I guess I have a soft spot for kids.

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Thu, Nov 17, 2011, at 12:11 PM

That's paying it forward and rockin' it old school, Roy. Nobody knew where the treat came from and nobody asked who was worthy enough to receive.

As one who opened a door to a frosty morn and had my path blocked by boxes of food, and stuffed animals for my little brothers and sisters, I say Bless You and thanks for showing me a reason to give without expecting return obligations.

To this day, I give unconditionally to people who will never know me, because someone in my past snuck up on me and gave me a good day.

-- Posted by junkyard dog on Tue, Nov 22, 2011, at 6:54 PM

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