Our View: Community’s needs remain year-round

Dec. 30, 2012 @ 12:51 AM

For certain, the horror of the Newtown, Conn., shootings has dampened our national holiday spirit this year. And the sadness brought on by that tragic event Dec. 14 remains with us today in our hometowns and locales around the nation.
But even in the face of this terrible incident, during the Christmas holiday season here, we’ve seen many acts of charity and kindness. Through efforts on the part of countless volunteers, help has been provided for thousands of people among us who are experiencing some tough times and need a little extra boost to make their holidays better.
We’ve tried to announce and chronicle as many of these voluntary efforts as possible in our news and features columns and on our Neighbors pages, including: The Christmas Cheer Fund, Cops & Kids — the police officer association-sponsored Christmas gift shopping event for needy children; His Laboring Few Christmas meal; High Point Mobile Meals and High Point Regional Health System teaming up to deliver Christmas meals; the members of Conrad Memorial Baptist Church resuming a Christmas tradition, a drive-through view of life-size Nativity scenes; Toys for Tots collection and distribution in High Point; KinGap Services and its inaugural Jingle Bell Ball to help 100 children being raised by grandparents or relatives other than parents; Project Santa by Silver Valley Civitans in Davidson County; the community Christmas concert by Tony Griffey to benefit Open Door Ministries and others.
To our friends who’ve had a tough time recently because of the economy or for whatever reason, we say hang in there as we all keep striving for better circumstances. To our neighbors who have been so generous with their time and financial resources in helping the many charitable causes this holiday season – those we’ve reported on and those we didn’t — we say thank you.
We also note that even as the holiday season winds down, the needs of our community don’t. As we look to the new year, let us remain mindful of the fact that some among us strive year-round for bare necessities. We encourage whomever is able to maintain this Christmas season spirit of giving throughout the year because needs remain even after we turn the calendar.