The season of thanks, and giving |

The season of thanks, and giving

They say it’s better to give than to receive, and the more fortunate in Garfield County have the chance to put that to the test in this season of giving.

As families gather around tables to give thanks on Thursday, it also would be a good time to think of those who have less reason to be thankful this year. Some charity directed their way could change their point of view.

Of course, many residents in this county give regularly, and generously. And many organizations exist to help make sure assistance gets to those in need, year-round.

This time of year, however, one organization in particular is a focal point for directing charity to those who seek it. Just this week, LIFT-UP distributed Thanksgiving food baskets to 1,250 families from Parachute to Carbondale. It will do it all over again at Christmas, while at the same time running an Angel Tree program, through which donors provide gifts to needy families.

It’s a “busy, busy time” for LIFT-UP, director Mike Powell says, and the nonprofit organization can’t perform these holiday miracles on its own. It relies on the support of numerous volunteers, and even more people who donate food, clothing and money to help an organization that provides essential services to the needy, not just now but all year.

Anyone looking for a way to give this holiday season, or any time, can’t go wrong by contributing to this worthy organization.

Of course, there are numerous other ways to make a difference during the holidays, through assorted coat and toy drives, donations of spare change to the Salvation Army, and the list goes on.

Any level, and form, of giving is appreciated, throughout the year. Nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, service clubs and other groups always can benefit from contributions of money and time to the important work they do, sometimes for people unable to give themselves. The need is all the greater at a time of economic slowdown, with more people in need and fewer able to help them.

The needy would surely attest that it’s better to be in a position to give, than to have to receive the charity of others.

To those charitable souls who give to others, please receive the thanks not only of those you help, but the community at large during this Thanksgiving week.

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