Then there’s the “big boy” and “big girl” toys, but that’s a whole other story.
We went to the mall last weekend and braved the flood of crazed bargain-hunters, gottahaveitnowites and others who take over the mall and other retail-related places between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were only in search of pajamas and a nicely-discounted piece of jewelry (Cut me a break, ladies. I got a coupon in the mail for the jewelry. It was like 75 percent off!).
Anyway, having experienced that sea of excess caused me to think about all those folks in our area who aren’t in a position to experience all that excess. It also warmed my heart to know that there are a lot of good folks in our area who have recently given of their own resources to help those who are less fortunate.
Many groups and organizations in our tri-county area have stepped up to help make this Christmas a little brighter for those who are in need, especially children and senior citizens. We’ve had several stories in our three publications over the past few weeks about outreach efforts, food drives, toy drives, coat drives, all manner of charitable campaigns.
In many cases, the very people supporting these efforts are themselves struggling to make ends meet — fighting the “too much month, not enough money” battle. Most of us have been there. Many of us are still there.
But the fact that we took the time to help somebody who has a legitimate need speaks volumes about the kinds of folks we call neighbors here in the tri-county area.
My hat is off to all those who have stepped outside of themselves — and in some cases made financial sacrifices — to help their neighbors during this Christmas season.
Merry Christmas and may God bless each of you!