Editorial: A wealth of giving
We never cease to be both gratified and amazed by the boundless spirit of giving that lives with us here in Craig and Moffat County, though we really shouldn’t be amazed at all; time and time again, this community has demonstrated — and continues to demonstrate — its steadfast willingness to step up and offer a helping hand when any of its members are in need of one.
Examples of this surround us, particularly this time of year.
The Ridgeview Elementary School Food Drive, the KRAI Toy Drive, Operation Christmas Child, Shop with a Cop, Love INC, St. Michael’s Community Kitchen, the Community Budget Center, Moffat County United Way, the Moffat County Humane Society, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross: All these groups and the charitable work they do day in and day out stand as bastions of goodwill against a world that is all-too-often cruel, callous, and unrelenting.
And that generosity doesn’t end with the myriad organizations and events specifically designed to meet the needs of those in crisis. Many local businesses also freely give back to the community that supports them, businesses such as KFC, Walmart, Memorial Regional Health, and City Market, all of which cheerfully donate to help those in need. And our area ranchers — joined by businesses such as Brothers Custom Processing and organizations such as our local Elks Lodge — regularly donate meat to help support the work of the Community Kitchen.
We could go on, and no doubt, we’re overlooking other groups and businesses that also step forward to give back.
That’s just the kind of community we live in.
But what strikes us most keenly — and a point that is frequently overlooked — is that, behind all these organizations, businesses, and events are individuals — individuals who may be struggling themselves, but who step into the breech and do what they can, regardless.
One employee at City Market annually gathers coats, scarves, and gloves to leave for anyone who may need them. Resident Karen Jewett annually sets up a small, wooden Christmas tree, upon which she hangs goodie-filled stockings that are free and available to anyone who needs them. Resident Charratina Pankey decorated her chainlink fence with candy canes and the simple message: “Merry Christmas and a very blessed New Year to you and your family. Stop by and get yourself a candy cane.”
And this year — following an unspeakably tragic house fire that claimed the life of a 3-year-old child on Christmas Eve — the community once again showed what it’s made of. Before the Craig Press even reported on the fire, residents were already rallying on social media sites and lighting up telephone lines, asking what they could do, what they could give, how they could help.
In short, we’ve never seen a community that gives as freely and as generously as this one, and that fact, alone, makes us proud to be part of it.
Are we the richest county in Colorado?
Well … certainly not in terms of money.
But when you get right down to it, are those little, green slips of paper really the truest measure of wealth?
We think not, and Moffat County proves us right every day.
In Craig and Moffat County, we love America. We love its ideals of free market capitalism and
self-sufficiency, of resilience, of sacrifice and compassion for the downtrodden.