|The top of the first of four pages devoted to charities in this week's edition of The Canadian Record|
For six years, The Canadian Record
in the Texas Panhandle has published a Thanksgiving feature that reminds readers that many of their neighbors have a lot less to be thankful for, and how to help them. Editor-Publisher Laurie Ezzell Brown told The Rural Blog, "The nonprofit organizations that we mention are always
appreciative of the light it shines on them, and I am always hopeful that it
helps them continue the good work they do." Here's what she wrote for this week's feature:
"The hands that give are never left empty. There is no better time to be reminded of that than now, when we are awash in
consumer-oriented Christmas messages urging us to spend our
money—even as many in this community struggle to feed and clothe
their children, care for the elderly and infirm, and pay for life’s basic
"As we each prepare our Thanksgiving meals and celebrate this
great bounty in the company of friends and family, please remember—in thought, word, and deed—those for whom this day offers
fewer blessings and far greater uncertainty. Those who have lost jobs,
whose businesses are struggling, whose health is in jeopardy, or who
care for one who is ill. Those who are alone, who live in fear, who
wrestle with addiction, who are without hope in a season whose persistent message is one of great hope. Those who labor and are weary.
Those whose children are hungry or cold. Those who have no home,
and no family to offer them shelter and kindness.
"We live in a time of great promise, in a country that enjoys enormous wealth; and yet, there are many who have neither. We live in a
community that has always given generously to those in need, but we
can never take the generosity of others for granted. It is for each of us
to give according to our ability.
With these things in mind, we asked representatives of local nonprofit charities to describe each organization’s mission and to tell us
how we can contribute.
"In the following pages, you will read about the
daycare center that nurtures our youngest children; the hospice program that gives comfort to the dying, and to their families and loved
ones; the food bank that delivers groceries to those who have fallen on
hard times; the ministerial alliance that aids families and individuals
in crisis; and the group of mothers whose efforts are focused on ensuring that children receive needed dental and medical care—even if
their parents are not able to afford it.
"Your gifts, however small or large, offer comfort and sustenance.
They send a much-needed message to all who suffer, that they are
neither forgotten nor lost, and that this is a community that cares,
even for the least of these. And in giving, we are reminded of all we
have—the blessings that are ours—for which we give thanks, today
and every day."