Our View: What makes Christmas special?
Christmas carols are OK. Baking cookies is good. Wrapping presents is fun. But what lifted our Christmas spirits the most this year is the overwhelming support for area charities.
It’s so good to know that the community we live in really cares about its neighbors. If one of us were to hit hard times, we know there would be a helping hand, especially at Christmas.
Project Santa had more donations of clothes and toys than ever; a new part of the project collected about 1,200 books for kids.
The Drive-by Food Drive collected more food than last year and Justin Than, of Smith Valley, who is on a one-man campaign to eliminate hunger in the Valley, reached his goal of $10,000 this year. He gave the money to the Carson Valley Food Closet.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputies didn’t have room to move in their training room, because bags and bags of toys filled every inch of space. They received double the amount of donations this year for needy children.
Valley business Syncon Homes saw to it that 19 families recommended by the Family Support Council had happy Christmases.
Even children chipped in what they could. The Young Women’s Group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made and bought gifts for 10 children.
Nine-year-old Gene Lengdorfer of Gardnerville joined the many people who were touched by the story of Angel Vargas, 18, who is fighting leukemia this Christmas. He donated his allowance to the family to help pay for medical expenses. The Douglas High School senior class and FBLA members also raised money for the Angel.
These are just a few examples of selfless giving that we have found out about this season. We know there are so many of you who have given what you could, whose names will never make it into the newspaper. We thank each of you. This is truly what Christmas is about.