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Be generous this holiday season

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

We’re now inside one month of the Christmas holiday, and we have just passed the maddening Thanksgiving weekend with all the stories of shoppers trampling each other, even using pepper spray, to get what they wanted in the stores for holiday gifts.
Many people sit back and read all those stories and wish they could be part of it … but their finances won’t allow it. Some are struggling to put food on the table, much less video games under the tree, if they have a tree.
For many people, it’s time to open up the wallets and grab some of those extra toys and help those who can’t provide what they want for their families, and especially for the children.
We carry stories from time to time of various organizations holding charity drives. The West Marion Business Association is collecting items that will help keep people warm: gloves, hats, etc. The Salvation Army kettles are out in full force with the bells ringing as you enter the various stores, especially the food stores.
The Toys for Tots boxes have been distributed through the area, including in the South Marion Citizen and West Marion Messenger office, where you can drop new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps League to process and distribute for the kids at Christmas. Some businesses usually have “angel trees” where people can take a name off a tree and buy a gift for that child.
There are, of course, many food providers that are helping get people something to eat for the holidays.
So no matter what your favorite charity is, do something to help. The folks in Marion County have always been giving and caring, and we should all become a part of that.
Christmas is much more gratifying when you know you’ve made it better for someone you don’t even know.
All of Marion County’s needy thank you in advance for your generosity.