Valdosta Daily Times

November 21, 2012

Thanks for the giving

Staff Writer
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — As families travel to see one another, gather together with friends, and celebrate Thanksgiving with an abundance of food on the table, others are not so fortunate. Many in our community are facing very hard times, some of them for the first time in their lives, and are having to ask for help for the holiday.

Thankfully, their prayers are answered as the community has stepped up and reached out to help others in need.

Churches, organizations, restaurants, and individuals are fulfilling the “giving” part of Thanksgiving by distributing food boxes, warm clothing and hot meals, and by cooking and serving others for the holiday.

With so many still out of work and out of options, this holiday season will be at least a little bit brighter as they won’t go hungry and their families will be fed and cared for. One of the extraordinary characteristics of the Valdosta community is that we take care of others in times of need.

The number of organizations and individuals lending a helping hand for Thanksgiving has increased dramatically over the last several years as the need in the community has risen. People are generous and giving of their time and money, recognizing the economic hardships facing others.

For this Thanksgiving holiday, a heaping helping of praise to all of those who are helping to provide a day for others who might otherwise be hungry and alone.

Thanks to you, Valdosta, for your generous spirit of giving and may your blessings be returned this holiday season.