Guest Column: Local generosity abounds, but donations still needed

FREEPORT—Salvation Army Angel Trees, bell-ringers and gift-givers make the season bright for the area’s needy, and add a festive touch for the rest of us. But Salvation Army staff and volunteers don’t do it alone—they have help from many generous, caring residents and businesses.

At the last Freeport City Council meeting, Ald. Nickee Bender made a heartfelt plea that resulted in a variety of donations, including two generous cash donations that totaled $3,000!

But it’s not the size of the gift, it’s the spirit with which it’s given. Consider going with a simpler dinner and use the excess to wrap a Christmas box of dinner fixin’s for someone else.

Adopt a child from one of the many Angel Trees found around town at banks, businesses, churches or major retail stores; or adopt a family directly from the Salvation Army—the choice is up to you.

Consider buying a gift card at Twice-as-Nice Consignments, 8 W. Stephenson St., in downtown Freeport, for the older child with a more discerning taste where $15 can buy an outfit or some jewelry.

Heck, if you’re looking to contribute something and you don’t have much to work with, the Salvation Army can even use bags, boxes, gift wrap, ribbon, bows, tape and volunteers to wrap, pack and deliver the baskets.

Whether you’re an individual, business, agency, or belong to a service group or church, you can make a difference in the life of someone local with any donation as contributions are still needed to fill the 709-plus Christmas food baskets (numbers are well up from last year).

Dinner hams are still needed for Christmas dinner, too.

So please keep your eyes and hearts open as you drive around, and look for opportunities to share some Christmas joy. You’ll feel great and be glad you did!

Contributing Writer Marianne L. Garvens is a Freeport resident.

From the Dec. 13-19, 2006, issue

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