Publisher's Note: Thanking the helpers
By Jody Reese
Sure, Santa gets all the glory, but without the reindeer and elves Santa would just be a very happy well-dressed fat man. Fortunately Santa has a lot of help — and I mean a lot of help.
This season is a great time to thank those in the trenches helping out at soup kitchens, volunteering with kids or shoveling a house-bound neighbor’s driveway. It’s this kind of giving that holds us as a place together. It’s not our government or even our laws. It’s that we have agreed that we are better off living together and helping those who need is good. Sometimes it’s good for all of us and sometimes it’s just the right thing to do.
One of the great ways to be involved is to join a service group, such as Kiwanis, Rotary or the Lions. Full disclosure: I’m a member of Rotary. These groups put you in touch with people who also value contributing to their community, and as a group hold fundraisers and give money to local charities. Some monies are also sent to developing nations.
What’s really nice about these service groups is that they raise your awareness of all the area nonprofits that are out there helping. In our Rotary group we provided financial support to more than a dozen such groups. You also get to see these groups in action (and all the unsung helpers) and realize that they really do make a difference. On top of that in a service group you get to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet at work who share many of your community goals.