Spirit of giving

With Hanukkah under way and with just two weeks until Christmas, it’s time to embrace the holiday spirit.

We realize that for some people that’s not an easy task.

A number of Franklin County residents, who have been out of work for months — perhaps years — are now facing the end of their unemployment benefits. And the immediate prospect of any serious change to their job situation looks grim.

And the unemployed are not the only people facing an uncertain holiday season. Others may have health issues or family matters that make it hard to fully appreciate the season.

But these situations can be made a little bit better through the efforts of family, friends and even strangers.

It can begin with these words from the King James version of the Bible, Acts 20:35, “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Open your eyes and look around, and chances are you will see an individual in need or a situation that calls out for correction. Sometimes it’s helping someone with a particular burden or simply offering to listen.

Perhaps it’s undertaking what might be called a random act of kindness.

And if you don’t know of someone who might need a helping hand, consider yourself quite lucky, but realize there are people you can still help through volunteering with local organizations to bring some joy and love into the lives of those less fortunate.

If you don’t know where to get started, ask around, read The Recorder or pick a particular charitable organization and give them a telephone call.

We urge you to consider giving in some way to make the lives of someone just a little bit brighter at this time of year.

And we’ll bet that your own holiday spirit will be lifted as well.

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