The holidays are in full swing and we hope everyone is enjoying a blessed and joyous holiday season.
This weekend, people looking to celebrate with friends and neighbors might want to check out the Lights of Lugoff Christmas Parade, which will kick off today at 7:30 p.m. The parade, originally planned for Saturday night, was rescheduled to this evening due to the potential for bad weather -- forecasters are calling for cold temperatures and pretty much 100 percent chance of rain Saturday.
The Kershaw County Christmas Parade is still on for Saturday; it kicks off in downtown Camden starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, rain or shine. We would suggest those who are planning to attend be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly -- no one wants to be sick for the holidays.
Community festivities continue next weekend as the town of Bethune celebrates the holidays with its annual Christmas Parade scheduled for next Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. until noon. And of course, the whacky and ever-popular Boykin Christmas Parade will be held next Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 2 p.m.
While the holidays are a wonderful time of the year, we also would like to point out that there are some folks in our community -- too many -- who are having a rough time of it. Maybe they’ve lost loved ones; maybe they’re battling a grim diagnosis; maybe they are having trouble eating or making ends meet. We are fortunate to live in a caring community that takes care of each other and this is exemplified by the many non-profit organizations here that work so hard in lending some of our less fortunate neighbors a helping hand.
So, we would encourage everyone to think about giving a little help this season to one or more of these organizations. Food For the Soul, The United Way and the Community Medical Clinic of Kershaw County are three organizations that immediately come to mind, although there are many others, all of whom do their part to help ease the suffering of others. Donations are obviously a good and fairly simple place to start, but volunteers are sorely needed, as well.
Please consider it.