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12/17 EDITORIAL

Area agencies can use a helping hand

Area agencies can

use a helping hand

'Tis the season for giving. And this year, the need for individuals and businesses to contribute to a charity has reached levels unseen in recent years.

Demand is high at regional food banks, and requests for assistance this holiday season continue to pour in to a number of agencies. Some organizations are concerned that they will not be able to meet the demand placed upon them in the days ahead, making Christmas a little less joyful for some Polk County families.

But in tough economic times like these, some way and some how, people seem to be able to find a way to step up and lend a helping hand. We are confident that will again be the case here in Polk County, across our state, and throughout the nation (see related opinion piece by the Christian Science Monitor on this page).

Many organizations can use your help, whether it is through contributions of goods, money, services, or volunteerism. Dallas Food Bank, Christmas Cheer, H-2-0, Ella Curran Food Bank, Grand Ronde Food Bank, Polk County CASA, Marion-Polk Food Share ... this important list goes on and on. All can use a helping hand to meet their goals of helping those in our communities with the greatest need this holiday season. We urge you to get involved in any way you can.

If those avenues are not convenient, try getting involved through your place of employment or your house of worship. Many businesses and churches work hand-in-hand with the aforementioned agencies and others in "adopting families" for the holiday. Or, on your way out of the local shopping center, contribute your loose change or a dollar or two to the Salvation Army's red kettle. Every little bit helps and quickly adds up.

And while we're on the subject, a big thank you to all of the groups and individuals who are working so hard collecting food, clothing, toys and other items to help brighten the season for those less fortunate.

Please, Polk County, give whatever you can this holiday season, be it a monetary contribution, donation of goods or a service, or through volunteerism. No matter the size of your gift, it will be well received in this time of need.

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