Generosity sets Fayette County apart

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By Dave Bell

Perhaps more than any other time of the year, the Christmas holiday season brings out the generous spirit of the people of Fayette County.

Though we’ve come to expect acts of selfless generosity from area residents, this year has produced more than normal, it seems.

Everywhere one turns, another group has taken on another project to help those less fortunate, to support someone through an illness or to brighten the Christmas season for the needy. It is, indeed, a heartwarming thing to witness.

A sampling:

• The Caring & Sharing program offers food and toys for needy families. Businesses, individuals and schools have gotten involved.

• Food donations have mushroomed since word was put out recently that the cupboards were bare at the CEFS food pantry. Several businesses are acting as collection points, and people are bringing donations by the bagsfull.

• Service organizations are conducting projects to help people. For instance, the Vandalia Rotary Club this week sponsored a meal and a visit from Santa for several special education students.

• Those without family in the area are being invited to a free Christmas lunch at Northside Christian Church from noon to 1 p.m. on Christmas day.

• The annual Toys for Tots collection by Arthur Young Inc. and the Mad Dogs motorcycle group has garnered another truckload of toys for needy children.

• Dozens of area residents have volunteered to ring the bell at Salvation Army collection stations throughout the community.

And the list goes on.

We applaud the individuals, churches, civic groups and others who have placed the welfare of others above their own wants and needs this Christmas. Such selflessness and generosity set our community apart.

And, as usually happens, those doing the giving find a satisfaction that makes the holiday brighter for them as well as those they're striving to help.

Merry Christmas!