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This holiday season, consider charity, those less fortunate

Posted: November 30, 2012 - 4:12pm  |  Updated: December 1, 2012 - 9:46pm

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, it is easy to get caught in the holiday rush, feel the pull of corporate shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday and get lost in planning grand annual festivities.

We’d encourage you to find the time and money this season to consider the less fortunate here on the Kenai Peninsula, throughout the state and across the world. Despite what we might think, there are those — in fact the majority of the world — that have less than we do, just enough to get by day to day, let alone celebrate the holidays.

Thankfully there are a number of organizations that help the nation’s and world’s poor and there are numerous local groups doing charitable work that could benefit from your donation.

Give what you can spare, please.

If you are looking for a gift idea for a hard-to-shop-for relative you can always donate in their name, or give a gift card to an organization with the mission to support the less fortunate.

Perhaps you’d like to let someone decide which organization you will donate a part of your Personal Fund Dividend to through the Pick. Click. Give program as a gift.

Maybe you’d care to call one of the local animal shelters, food banks, homeless shelters or other organizations to see what supplies they might need and donate a package either from yourself or for another.

In addition to material objects, communities are always in need of volunteer time and effort either formally or informally. Maybe that’s walking dogs at the shelter, shelving books at the library or helping out at the senior center. Perhaps you know a neighbor that could use help shoveling snow or doing work around the house.

Also don’t forget to tell the people you have in your life how much you appreciate them and just what they mean to you. You’d be surprised how often we forget to tell each other such simple things and how much they mean to the recipient.

In short: Indeed, the holiday season is about giving and not receiving. But this year we’d encourage you not just to think about those in your circle of family and friends, but also those who are less fortunate and consider giving gifts that benefit the great meaning of holiday spirit.

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Watchman on the Wall 12/01/12 - 11:50 pm
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Very Good Clarion

Thank You Clarion for this incouragement to help others and care for them more than self which shows great love for our fellow man which is a much needed act at all times of the year by all, rich or poor we can all give from the heart.
This is something i try to do year round is help my neighbors or strangers any way i can, so i'll just keep doing whats normal & usual for me and not allow this time of yr to affect me any differantly.
I don't practice or celebrate the season any longer, even though i use too do so all out. I have learned that this time of year isn't a True special time like many others believe it is nor is it the birthday for Christ.
I think Christ was actually born in late September on one of the 3 Fall Jewish Feasts. Rosh Hashanah or Feast of Trumpets, the New Year, or Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement, or possibly the last fall feast of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles. When one considers God and his appointed Feasts that all have to do with Christs coming to redeem all of us and see how the Feasts all have to do with this, then one must also consider that Christ was probably born on one of the Fall Feast as well.
No where does God say to celebrate his sons birthday or christ-mas or the xmas tree or any other such commands concerning the birth of Christ. Therefore i look back and foreward in the 7 Feasts of God as he commanded me to do and realize that they are the appointed times to remember his promises to all of us and thus i do so on these days yr round.
We should all practice giving gifts of things or helping out of the abundance & out of our hearts because of love thankfulness to God, which helps us to love our fellow man and want to help them. Always be ready to give and help as the TRUE needs arise and you become aware of them.

Thank You Clarion for this reminder of the need to share what we have been Blessed with and be a Blessing to others by sharing Freely & wisely. Do it year round though would be my only addition to this request to help others.

Jerry Baty
Soldotna

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