OUR VIEW: ’Tis the season to help your neighbors

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:55 pm on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The holidays are a special time of year for most of us.

We enjoy time with our families next to the warm glow of a fireplace and a finely decorated Christmas tree with a blanket of gifts underneath. Children excitedly look forward to Christmas morning, when they can tear off the wrapping paper and play with their new toys at long last.
What pure bliss.

But for an increasing number of us, the holidays just show even clearer how much we are struggling. Families have relocated to find jobs. Homes are lost to foreclosure. Christmas trees might be one of the expenses that didn’t make it this year to keep food on the table.

And the gifts, while still special, may not be what the children are accustomed to receiving.
Charities and food banks still are reporting high demand for their services this year. The sour economy is bringing more job cuts. Families are still struggling to provide the basics to survive, let alone paying for a happy holiday season.

That’s where we all come in. Those of us who can afford all the joy and wonderment of the holidays need to help our neighbors who can’t afford it enjoy the same.

That goes for all ages. Children can learn the value of giving back at an early age. Even a dollar or a single can of food can help feed a family in need.

Food banks seemingly can’t get enough food and money this time of year. Cuts to government utility assistance programs will stretch resources that help low-income families pay their heat bills this winter.

As you saw on the front page of this newspaper, the Montcalm Challenge Food Drive again was a success. Thank you to everyone who contributed. But don’t stop now. The need is still great.

Editorial opinions are a consensus at The Daily News editorial board.

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