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Helping others: the gift to keep giving

Posted: December 21, 2010 2:51 p.m.
Updated: December 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

As we near the end of 2010 -- it’s almost unfathomable that a full decade has passed since the momentous millennium celebration -- the economy is still struggling to rebound both nationally and right here in Kershaw County. Many small businesses are just hanging on until things get better; real estate agents are not seeing an anticipated turnaround in home sales; and too many people are out of work. At the same time, there is much to celebrate. The Christmas season is the basis of the Christian faith, and a time of reunion; thousands of Kershaw Countians will join with family members they don’t often get to see. In an increasingly secular world, the miracle of this holy season will cause people to ponder what’s really important to them.

One thing that should be important to us all -- those who are deeply religious and those who don’t share such a faith -- is the spirit of humanity that’s present this time of year. Such a spirit fosters a generosity that is most evident during the Christmas season but can continue throughout the calendar. And what better time to emphasize that this season is about more than eggnog and parties and brightly wrapped presents and that the same spirit which pervades Kershaw County today can carry on through 2011?

There are many ways to manifest generosity and compassion for others -- too many, in fact, to start naming them. There are numerous charitable organizations here in Kershaw County which provide a host of services for people who are unable to provide those things themselves. There are thousands of volunteers who devote time to seeing that the missions of their organizations are carried out and that “the least of these” are cared for.

We will not attempt to list all the ways there are to help. Worthy organizations are numerous, providing care and compassion and human spirit to people in need. We hope that as Christmas Day approaches and then departs, as the garlands are removed and the trees tossed out, that many in Kershaw County will heed the spirit of calling to help others and will continue to do so not only during this Christmas celebration but throughout the new year.

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