Give what you can

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The holidays have long been a time of giving.

We’re hoping this year isn’t any different.

With the impending closure of International Paper Co.’s Franklin mill, many more people in this area will find themselves in need. That’s on top of the scores of people who already need help because of the recession and already growing poverty that has taken hold here.

Western Tidewater is known for its generous spirit — from Relay for Life to the various barbecues and fundraising events that take place throughout the year for worthy causes.

Christmas reminds us that giving of yourself, your time and your money is the ultimate gift.

As Nicholas Langhorne reported in today’s paper, charities depend on donations to help those in need, especially during this time of year.

Times are tough, but money need not be the only thing you give.

Local charities also distribute food, clothing, toys and other assistance.

Next time you see a food donation box, drop a can or two inside. When you hear about a toy drive, take one for a kid who will really appreciate it. Clean out your closets and donate those clothes you haven’t worn in awhile to clothing drives.

There are plenty of ways to help. Doing so will ensure that this remains the most wonderful time of year.