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Keep less fortunate in mind this holiday

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It may be trite to say it’s better to give than to receive. But is it? Doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that makes a loved one happy? And doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that helps somebody else, especially somebody who is less fortunate than you are?
Thanksgiving is a holiday when we traditionally gather with family and friends for a big feast. It’s a time when we Americans give thanks for what we have – our health, our family, the roof overheads, the job that pays the bills, etc.
The national economy is still sputtering along as the country tries to move past the Great Recession, and here in Lancaster County, some folks have been especially hard hit. Our jobless rate has been in the double digits for many months – higher than the national average and among the highest in South Carolina for much too long.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, the focus turns to Christmas. In past years, even those when the economy has been shaky, Lancaster County residents have shown their generosity by giving to Christmas drives that help people who are less fortunate.
Year after year, residents have given to the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund to provide gifts for others during the holiday. The fund is named in memory of the late Ward Faulkenberry, a former athletics officer and commander of American Legion Post No. 31 who founded the fund 50 years ago. It has been operated by HOPE in Lancaster for the last several years. HOPE also runs a food bank and helps people in need throughout the year.
Christian Services in Lancaster has collected gifts for families through its Angel Tree for years. Like HOPE, Christian Services runs programs throughout the year to help the needy. In the southern part of the county, the Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, or KARE, spearheads programs throughout the year to help those in need. Many churches, clubs and some businesses put on their own Angel Tree to help families during the holidays.
Now that the countdown to Christmas is on, we hope you’ll keep these groups and their holiday causes in mind. If you’re able to give something to help those less fortunate than you, please do so. We think you’ll find that it is indeed better to give than to receive.