Charitable giving a year-round affair

Another Christmas has come and gone. Thanks to the hard work of a number of groups and individuals in and around Polk County, the holiday was a little more joyous for those less fortunate in our communities.

But Christmastime makes up just a small part of the 365 days on the calendar, and the need for assistance by members of our communities doesn’t magically disappear after the holidays are over at the snap of a finger.

Just because the local school isn’t conducting a food drive or you don’t see a Salvation Army bellringer outside your favorite store doesn’t mean the demand for help has ended.

By nature, people seem most charitable during the Christmas holiday season or following a natural disaster. But it shouldn’t take a holiday or a catastrophic event to bring out the best in people. The need exists throughout the year.

Please do your part and donate food, clothing or make a monetary contribution to those agencies who help our neighbors in need. And if you cannot afford to help in those ways, consider a donation of your time. A number of groups are looking for volunteers to help meet their demands.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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