Editorial: Giving is the greatest gift | CraigDailyPress.com

Editorial: Giving is the greatest gift

Editorial Board Renee Campbell, publisher Jim Patterson, editor Andy Bockelman, assistant editor Kaitlyn Marchbanks, community representative Charlynne Wondra, community representative

It can be tempting for many to view the Christmas season as an enormous hardship — a frenetic month characterized by too many places to go, too many gifts to find and buy and not nearly enough time to get everything done.

As the season wears on, people get rushed, people get cranky, and by the time Christmas week is finally upon us, it’s not at all uncommon to hear folks saying things like, “I’ll just be glad when all this whole thing is finally over for another year.”

Our purpose here is not to lecture or admonish or point fingers. If we’re to be honest, we must acknowledge that, at times, we’ve all felt that way.

And it’s unfortunate. Enduring a month’s worth of stress and tension — all the while longing for it to be over — is perhaps the antithesis of what the Christmas season is all about.

Christmas is a time for caring, for sharing, for being together, and fortunately — amid all the hustle and bustle — there are people out there to remind us of that.

Through the month of November, students at Craig Middle School organized and executed another successful holiday food drive, this year collecting more than two tons of nonperishable food items and nearly $1,800 in cash to support the Interfaith Food Bank in its ongoing mission to feed Moffat County residents in need.

The remarkable generosity and dedication of the CMS youngsters was not lost on Interfaith Food Bank Secretary-Treasurer Bonnie Hampton, who noted, “The kids’ donation (and) community service is reflective of the school, instilling in them the need to provide assistance. They really stepped up.”

To that, we would add our own accolades. We’re grateful to these amazingly kind-hearted children for their willingness to offer their time and effort to assist those who are less fortunate.

At the same time, it occurs to us that the generosity of our children is not accidental; they are generous and giving because they’ve been taught to be by a generous and giving community.

So, as Christmas 2017 draws ever nearer, we encourage you, our friends and neighbors, to resist the urge to look at the Christmas season as another headache to be endured and to instead embrace the example set by our children, the example they learned from us.

Stretch beyond yourself, and look for ways that you, too, can give.

Following are a few suggestions.

• KRAI Holiday Drive — The 19th annual 93.7 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country Holiday Drive is now underway, and, as in years past, volunteers will be outside the Centennial Mall to accept donations of non-perishable food, new unwrapped toys, gifts for senior citizens and cash. Santa Claus will be on hand to talk to children about their Christmas wishes, and 93.7 102.3 KRAI and KRAI.COM will be playing continuous Christmas music throughout the drive. All donations received will benefit the Interfaith Food Bank of Craig, Advocates Crisis Support Services, Christmas for Kids, or Christmas for Seniors, with 100 percent of all donations going directly to those organizations. The Holiday Drive will be accepting donations from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. today.

• Cowboy Christmas — The Boys & Girls Club of Craig host an evening of food, drinks, dancing, gambling and a live and silent auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $35, and all proceeds go to support the Boys & Girls Club’s youth programs.

• PEO Holiday Home Tour — The Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by Philanthropic Educational Organization, will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and will include tours of five selected area homes decked out for the Christmas season. Tickets are $10, and proceeds will be used to provide scholarships to Craig’s young women who want to further their education.

Those in search of other ways to give can contact Moffat County United Way, the Community Budget Center or Love INC.

Christmas is about a gift — the greatest gift of all time — and our purest, most noble response to that gift is to offer gifts of our own, gifts of ourselves; to reach out to one another in a spirit of compassion and love.

When you get right down to it, perhaps the greatest gift any of us can ever receive is the gift of giving.

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