Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas, the Season for Good Deeds

'Tis the season, the season for a lot of things.  Besides gifts and parties and food and family and friends we also need to remember that chunk of community who won't have such a Merry Christmas.

There are a lot of ways to help those less fortunate, and not all of them cost money.  Of course there are a number of worthy causes you can contribute to by donating not only money but toys, food, clothing, blankets, basic necessities and even just some time.  You can also pass along information that could not only bring a smile or a full stomach but perhaps even save a life.

The list is a long one and includes (just to name a few) Toy For Tots, Christmas For All, food banks, churches and other civic organizations collecting money and goods for people in need.  St. Vincent de Paul has a warming center located at 117 E. Walnut.  Fresh Start has a warming center located at 1524 East Sherman Ave.  Maybe a family will get some donated gifts but no tree to put them under.  Cedar Mountain Farm in Athol is providing FREE Christmas tree's to anyone who needs one (call  683-0572).

And you can always donate time.  Find something that is near and dear to your heart and play a part.  We're all in it together.

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