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Our View: Be generous with your giving spirit

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This time of year is a busy one. We’ve got gift lists on our minds, travel plans, hosting arrangements, holiday lights to put up and the list goes on and on. But for some of us, including those here in this community, these are the last things on their minds.
Where their next meal will come from is the most pressing matter of the day. Or, for some of our younger residents, they wonder if Santa will be able to find them because of a tough home life or hard times for their mom and dad.
This is where Auburn can shine, and does. Make that holiday experience still a memorable one for those who don’t have much, and would like give more to their children. Take that extra moment to donate some canned goods, or how about letting go of that extra warm coat that’s just hanging in your closet not being used?
It takes a moment, but really what’s a moment to make somebody’s holiday that much more special? Out buying gifts at a toy store? Throw one extra into your cart for the Toys for Tots program. At the grocery store, pick up a few more items than you need and swing by the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet and drop them off. Say hello to the Salvation Army bell ringers as you leave your shopping destination and drop a few extra coins in the pot as you head home.
Giving is contagious here in the foothills — even when things are tough, we still continue to give. The Stewart family is one such story. Regular volunteers for the Auburn Area Christmas Basket Program, the family of five had fallen on tough times. After volunteering for the program last year, they came home to a basket of their own, allowing them to have a happy holiday.
Programs such as the Christmas Basket allow families who need a hand to have a happy holiday as they are provided with food and toys to make this season bright.
But then let’s keep that good feeling going throughout the year. As Ebenezer Scrooge said in the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol,” “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”  Don’t just donate now. Try to find the time and the resources to help, because people aren’t just down on their luck this time of year.
So buy your holiday See’s Candy from the Kiwanis Club, donate your time to help local service clubs and keep the giving spirit alive this holiday season and throughout the year.