As regular readers of this newspaper have no doubt realized, it’s that time of year once again, and the communities of North Durham are buzzing with charitable activities, such as toy drives and collections for food banks in the area.
Many of us in this area are extremely fortunate, and the generosity of local residents is second to none when it comes to ensuring that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday season. Every week, we are inundated with acts of kindness right in our own backyards, and local residents routinely fill vans with goods to support those in need.
It’s important to remember that most of the work carried out to aid those in need is done by a dedicated team of volunteers, and for generations, they have formed the backbone of our communities.
So, while we wholeheartedly urge everyone to continue supporting these initiatives leading up to Christmas, let’s not lose sight of the fact that life continues for these people once the holiday season has come and gone.
Our wish is that we can continue to have such great support for local food banks throughout the year, and their shelves are overflowing with pasta sauce, canned fruit and vegetables, juice, diapers, formula and other non-perishable food items so that everyday can be a little bit brighter for those in our community that are less fortunate.
North Durham has shown time and time again that it’s more than up to the challenge of lending a hand, so when the calendar changes over to 2015, let’s make it the year of giving back.
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