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Editorial: Ring, ring, ring

Nov. 11, 2017 at 10:43 p.m.


It's unfortunate how the yearly ringing of the bell outside of Wal-Mart or Krogers can easily blend into the ambient white noise of the season as we amble about with our gifts and groceries on our way to our next errand.

Charity has become so synonymous with the season, like Santa or mistletoe, perhaps we've forgotten to believe in it too.

One such annual charity is Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization. This organization sends small shoe boxes, packed with with clothes, toys, games and coloring books for the less fortunate. The organization has delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories since 1993.

Additionally, the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Drive started in the late 1800's as a way to fund feeding 1,000 of the San Francisco's poorest on Christmas Day. The tradition has continued for over 100 years as the Salvation Army aides more than four-and-a-half million people each year.

But these organizations are not just in action during Christmastime. During the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, both charities responded.

The Salvation Army deployed more than 90 mobile feeding units to Texas, and worked to train even more disaster workers in the area

Not to be undone, Samaritan's Purse Disaster Relief Units began the trek to Texas the same day the Category 4 storm hit; over 10,000 volunteers from the organization worked in multiple locations across our flooded state to try and answer the more than 4,900 homeowner requests for help.

This year, instead of just handing out the change in your pocket the next time you pass a red kettle, perhaps consider volunteering to ring the bell yourself this year; instead of just saying an idle prayer for the less fortunate, maybe pack a shoebox full of goodies to be delivered to a child in need.

It's the best way to usher us all into this season of giving.

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