--- — Thumbs Up: To all who are participating in today’s annual Toy Ride that benefits the Salvation Army and the Empty Stocking Fund. The event seems to grow each year and is a tremendous testament to the number of truly caring individuals in our community. The parade of motorcycles from Lake Park to Five Points in Valdosta is an impressive sight, and the joy of the season is apparent in this event.
Thumbs Up: To the Salvation Army bell ringers and the many volunteers who are bringing their children with them to help at the red kettles. Having a child see the generosity and the holiday spirit of those who are contributing, talking to the public, and understanding the needs in the community, are all important for children to learn.
Thumbs Up: To those who contributed to the United Way this week. After a plea in the Times a week ago, donations of more than $100,000 came in to
the organization. Thank you for helping to make their year a success and for the generosity of spirit which has shown itself so brightly this Christmas season.
Thumbs Down: To those who want to spoil the holidays. If you don’t want to participate in Christmas, fine, but please don’t make the holiday a miserable time for others. From arguments over parking spaces to disagreements while standing in checkout lines, tales abound of misbehavior while shopping and eating in area restaurants. There are a lot more people out this time of year, lines are longer, wait times are longer, and there is a lot of traffic congestion in several areas. Patience goes a long way towards creating good experiences rather than miserable ones for those around you.