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Looking after the needy at Christmas

Christmas should be a joyful time for everyone. It was meant to celebrate the birth of Christ, even though we do not know the exact date.

Though there is nothing wrong with imagination and fun, it seems that all we hear about is Santa Claus. Christmas has become for many a time of sadness and disappointments.

This Christmas season I have realized more than ever how many needy families live in our community, families where the breadwinner has lost their job and who are going without food and other necessities.

How do parents who are suffering explain to their young children that Santa can bring the kids next door gifts they want, but he cannot bring them what they desire and request?

Many churches in the area, the Inn Of the Good Shepherd, St. Vincent DePaul, Goodwill and some I have not listed, are all helping these families.

I have been so blessed to be a volunteer at the Salvation Army Kettles and to see the generosity of people.

My church, Temple Baptist, raised over $20,000 in donations for hampers to give people in the community. These hampers were huge and heavy for volunteers to lift and take to homes. People, not all members of the church, took the names of a boy or girl or both and bought gifts for their age group and a free clothes drive has been held during each season of the year. This is not to brag because, as I have said, other churches are doing the same.

We live in a great community with generous people, great churches and organizations working together.

Let's bring the true meaning of Christmas back.

Merial Loosemore

Point Edward

 

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