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Season for giving

As the final few days of school wind down and workers eye vacation time for the Christmas holiday, we are reminded of what the season is about and what we can do to make it the best yet.

Visions of sugar plums might be dancing through our heads, but we ask everyone in northwest Kansas to take time to realize the potential to make the holiday season bright for everyone.

Most will wake up in the early hours of Christmas and spy the gargantuan pile of gifts beneath the tree. For some, that pile will be minuscule or even missing.

We live in a community and region where we are blessed with low crime rates, low unemployment and a hearty helping of giving souls. While we take time to make this a memorable time for our families, we also should take time to think of others as well.

We learned from another successful Thanksgiving feast hosted by the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance there is a need for those less fortunate for something as simple as a meal. We are thankful for ECMA's annual event, as well as the volunteers and staff of Rose Garden Banquet Hall for their hard work in making the day special.

But the event also shines a light on the need for such events not only during the holidays but beyond. Things never are as bad as they seem, or as great as they appear.

Instead, we ask everyone showcase a humble approach to Christmas and fulfill needs throughout each and every community in the region. One small step can lead to bigger and better things.

While most have many things to be thankful for, others aren't as blessed. Instead, paying bills, finding gas money and putting food on the table for children is an essential some just can't find the means to achieve.

There are several organizations in each town in our region who go above and beyond to help make not only holidays but every day memorable to those less fortunate. First Call for Help, ECMA, Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, Humane Society of the High Plains and several others all are worthy groups aiding others.

It's as simple as donating a few dollars, trimming back on the gift list a smidgeon, blessing someone with a gift card or simply volunteering an hour or two at a nonprofit during the next few weeks.

One small act of kindness can go a long way, and we truly believe the best gifts are not received but given.

Everyone has a gift, and this is a perfect time of year to bless someone. If you think your heart is too hardened to assist in some way, think again.

Remember, even the Grinch's heart grew three sizes. One small act can do the same for you.

Editorial by Nick Schwien

nschwien@dailynews.net