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November 20, 2012 8:50 am

EDITORIAL: Helping others during the holidays

Written by Tessa Schweigert

With a few Christmas traditions already under way in Powell and Thanksgiving just days away, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the holiday season.

Before the turkey is served Thursday and Black Friday sales hit, it’s important that as a community, we recognize those who give up holidays with their families to help others.

For the 13th year, volunteers from local churches will roll up their sleeves to serve the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Park County Fairgrounds on Thursday. The annual meal is open to everyone, but especially to those who do not have private family gatherings to attend.

The dinner ensures that individuals, couples and families will not be alone on Thanksgiving Day. Plus, they get to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with homemade fixings.

After 13 years, the meal has become a local tradition, and we’re glad to see it carry on. Like any other community-wide project, the dinner wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local residents, churches and businesses.

Speaking of sharing food with others, it’s also important to recognize residents’ continued support for Powell Valley Loaves and Fishes. During the community food drive last month, folks contributed 5,913 pounds of food — approaching a pound for every person in Powell. This year’s donations were up 310 pounds from the previous year. One more statistic to consider: 232 youth in Powell collected those donations, going door to door for a good cause.

Looking toward Christmas, Sally Montoya is gearing up for the annual Christmas Basket give-away.

For 63 Christmas seasons, Montoya has spent countless hours serving and giving to others. Her name is synonymous with giving in Powell.

Montoya and other dedicated volunteers spend their Christmas holiday giving to those most in need. Often times, volunteers miss time with their own families, serving strangers instead.

Powell wouldn’t be the community it is without these holiday traditions of benevolence.

Remember these projects this holiday season, consider giving or getting involved and be thankful for a community where people care.

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