The Garden City Telegram
12/5/2013
OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

Holiday aid

Help for children always notable this time of year.

People are hustling from store to store gathering presents and other goodies to share during the holiday season.

Fortunately, many people also are taking time during their busy holiday preparations to find ways to help others.

Signs of such generosity in holiday season fundraisers continue to appear, from Salvation Army bell ringers to gift trees that let people select presents for youngsters in need.

Events this weekend and in days to come will bring more evidence of the creative and effective ways community members show their generosity and holiday spirit.

Fundraisers aiding children always are notable, especially as many social services agencies that assist families face funding cuts at the state level.

Consider two worthwhile fundraising events Saturday in Garden City:

* The Kansas Children's Service League's annual Red Stocking breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Clarion Inn benefits three longstanding programs in the community: Early Head Start, Head Start and Healthy Families.

* Gingerbread houses created by more than 100 local high school art students will be in the spotlight during a silent auction and sale from 1 to 5 p.m. at Horace Good Middle School. Proceeds will benefit local Big Brothers Big Sisters' efforts to foster consistent and positive one-to-one interactions between children in need and adult mentors.

Churches, too, are organizations that know all too well the daily struggle for families facing challenges, especially those living on poverty-level incomes or less. Many local and area churches will be busy with special fundraising events to benefit the poor.

All of the efforts prove how an amazing array of people of all ages and from all walks of life embrace the need to help those less fortunate during the holidays and beyond.

As we work on the makings of a festive holiday season, it's incumbent on us all to keep those with extraordinary challenges in our thoughts and prayers.

Chipping in a few bucks or a few hours of volunteer time can make a difference for many young people in particular — contributions that not only are timely, but also an important investment in the community's future.