Letters to the Editor

Joanne Liebelt

Due to the financial assistance of many, the food drive and the gift of time by the many volunteers 41 less fortunate families within our community were able to have a joyous Christmas season. There were some notable changes since last years hamper campaign so some points for you to ponder: More singles and seniors requested assistance. Even though our community has been experiencing new growth, property values have soared, and we have a larger business sector, the donations to the Christmas hamper campaign were much lower than anticipated.

Few local businesses chose to make a financial contribution.

Our community clubs, social groups and churches donated significantly less than in previous years.

Out-of-town retail, grocery and building wholesale outlets sent NO SUPPORT, though they are eager to cash in on our business and depend on our economic support to thrive.

It is my belief that the Xmas Hamper was a success this year because the citizens of our community stepped out to assist their fellow citizens and for this I give thanks.

For the business sector I hope that you take the time to reflect on what you give back to the folk in the community that provides you with the means to enjoy a comfortable life style and perhaps our 2005 Christmas Hamper campaign will be able to reach the expectations and demands of those in our community that find themselves faced with difficult times.

You can’t develop a healthy, robust community without commitment. Circumstances change and one has no guarantee of what tomorrow shall bring. It is of the utmost importance that we ALL work hard at getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor and lending a helping hand to those in our community that are less fortunate. We may find ourselves dependent on the goodwill of others at some point of time in the future …… remember charity does indeed start at home!