Season of giving

November 30, 2012 

I’ve heard that even in times of down economies, people still open up their pocketbooks over the holiday season.

Because, let’s be honest, there is nothing like the feeling that you have helped someone else.

Sometimes, it is as simple as tearing off the little $1 sticker for Harvester’s at the grocery store. Or buying a few extra canned items and putting them in the bin at Price Chopper.

Entire families are adopted, allowing a Christmas that may have otherwise not happened to take form in a house where it is truly needed.

Shelters see an up tick in donations and people truly get into the meaning of the Christmas spirit this time of year.

Even if we are just dropping loose change into the red kettle, we take that moment in time to appreciate what we have and hope that our donations are going to make someone else’s life just a little bit better over the holidays – and beyond.

I’m always amazed when I see the amount of coats brought in at a coat drive, or the mountains of canned food sitting on shelves when the word gets out that the local pantry is getting bare.

And many churches in our community take the acts of charity we all grew up learning about extremely seriously.

Local churches have, for years, led the way in helping to feed and clothe the less fortunate. In fact, it’s a mission they tend to work on year-round, not just over the holiday season.

Of course, those needs get magnified around this time of year.

The weather turns colder. Finances tighten up on increasing bills. And we look around and hope that we can provide the very best Christmas for our families.

Those that can, obviously, do.

But, sometimes, those that cannot have a hard time asking. Or finding the right resources for help – be it putting a meal on their table, paying an electric bill or providing a simple gift for those that may go without on Christmas morning.

Charity isn’t a bad word. We know there are people in need all around it.

What makes Cass County special has been the keen eye focused on those in need and getting them the help and support they require.

While we are out spending $1.5 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget what a simple $1.50 or $15 would do for someone else.

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