December 22, 2010 They say it's the most wonderful time of the year and a quick glance through our pages over the past few weeks reflect why.
Along with all the wrappings and trappings, the hustle and the bustle and the shopping for sales, the holiday season seems to light up people's hearts with compassion and remind us that it is indeed a season for 'good will toward men.'
This season we've run stories about residents throughout the Tri-City area who have opened their wallets, their pantries, their closets and their schedules to make sure their neighbors don't go without during the holidays and after. From service clubs to students it seems that everyone wants to spread some holiday cheer and just that sentiment alone is enough to lift heavy spirits.
One thing's for sure, the giving spirit we see at this time of year doesn't soon fade from our small communities. Year around we feature stories on folks gathering together to help a friend or family member through hard times and then hear the outpouring of gratitude at the unexpected gifts from neighbors, acquaintances and even strangers.
Even in good times, the area steps up. Summer festivals and events are also always supported by donations of food, beverage, merchandise or money straight from the shelves and coffers of our area merchants. Week in and week out we witness these things.
While Christmas may indeed be "the most wonderful time of the year," we think the giving spirit in Tri-City area communities is pretty wonderful all year around.