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Don’t miss opportunities for showing kindness this season

As is the case every year, we have friends and neighbors for whom the holiday season presents an especially challenging time. We want to take a moment out of the hustle and bustle of the holidays to remind you to think of those less fortunate and tap into a giving spirit this holiday season.

This time of year isn’t just about presents, of course. Whether you celebrate a religious observance or a time of family togetherness, “the holidays” represent for many of us a time of peace, love, hope and greater feeling for our fellow man.

The season can bring stress instead of joy, however, for families facing financial hardship. Whether it’s the means to put Christmas dinner on the table or to light up their children’s faces with a pile of wrapped goodies, some in our community need a little extra help this season.

They are counting on “goodwill to men” as they face what, instead of being the most wonderful time of the year, has the potential to be the bleakest.

They need our help – and just like jolly old St. Nick himself, Franklin County has always delivered.  Local opportunities to help make the season merry and bright for those in need are in great supply.

The Russellville Helping Santa program – spearheaded by the city’s fire and police departments – is a favorite for many to support. For several years, Russellville firefighters and police officers have led the effort to collect toys for children of all ages across Russellville and Franklin County. You can find donation boxes in a number of local businesses and city offices.

There’s also Bank Independent’s annual Toy Share drive, one of four donation efforts the bank hosts throughout the year. People can donate at any bank branch, and toys are distributed through the Department of Human Resources in Franklin County.

Phil Campbell Christmas is continuing its annual efforts for local children, too. More information about that effort is available on the program’s Facebook page.

Many schools and churches are coordinating their own efforts to collect toys as well as other necessities for Franklin families.

Whether it’s through a church, a school or a community group, we encourage you to choose one or more of these giving opportunities as you wrap up your Christmas shopping.

As the saying goes: It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.

Let’s make sure to spread Christmas cheer everywhere we go.

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