Editorial: Give to others

Editorial board:

Tom Cramer, community representative

Jo Ann Baxter, community representative

Noelle Leavitt Riley, newspaper representative

Renee Campbell, newspaper representative

Amy Fontenot, newspaper representative

The holiday season is about family, friends, decorations, bright lights and — in many ways — giving back.

Moffat County is wonderful at giving back to the community. Such acts were clearly demonstrated when the Oxley family lost their home to a fire last month. The community came together, organized a fundraiser and helped the family get back on their feet.

Christmas is a wonderful time to continue such generosity, whether it be through cash donations, gifts or food. And the great news is that there are plenty of ways to donate to a variety of organizations in our amazing town here in Northwest Colorado.

The KRAI Holiday Drive came to an end Friday, but there still are a number of ways to help others before Christmas, including the Cowboy Christmas event that takes place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

Tickets are $35 per person, and the annual fundraiser supports the club. Contact the Boys & Girls Club at 970-826-0411. Another dinner event sponsored by Craig Rotary Club — Diamonds and Spurs — takes place Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilions. Tickets are $65 per person and help support Rotary. For tickets, contact Randy Looper at 970-826-4444.

What about the local children and the elderly who don’t get Christmas gifts because of tough financial situations? Christmas for Kids is a fantastic way to brighten a child’s Christmas. It’s the equivalent to Toys for Tots, yet it’s focused solely on Moffat County kids. If you’re interested in donating to Christmas for Seniors, call Jannette Harris at 970-326-8858.

Let’s also try to support the Salvation Army, the Community Soup Kitchen and the Community Budget Center. Our donations mean the world to them and people in need.

United Way currently is in the thick of collecting donations that go to a variety of nonprofits. Call Corrie Ponikvar at 970-824-6222 for more information.

Giving back to the community is the best gift to give. Not only does it make someone else feel good, but it makes you feel good, too. It warms the heart.

Pay it forward. Call the Interfaith Food Bank and give food or volunteer. The number is 970-824-7355. Love INC always can use donations and can be reached at 970-826-4400.

This is a community that gives and gives. Let’s keep that tradition alive this Christmas.

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