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We are all in the throes of the holiday season. The city is bedecked with colorful lights. The malls are jammed with shoppers. People are hurrying to mail their Christmas cards, to rehearse for the church pageant or to prepare for holiday visitors.

We are all in the throes of the holiday season. The city is bedecked with colorful lights. The malls are jammed with shoppers. People are hurrying to mail their Christmas cards, to rehearse for the church pageant or to prepare for holiday visitors.
In the hustle and bustle, it often seems as if we have no time for one more thing -- and yet one more thing is needed.
All of us, from the most important to the least, need to take the time to look inside ourselves to see if the stress we are putting on ourselves is a way of putting a shell around our lives so that we can avoid the true holiday spirit of giving.
The true spirit asks that we reach beyond our own lives, our own family, our own circle of friends, and to help those less fortunate.
Right now, today, right here, food banks could use donations to help families that are going hungry.
Right now, today, right here, the Salvation Army is attempting to raise $375,000 at its bell ringer sites. It needs more ringers, and it needs to meet its goal. More than 2,500 local children will have a better Christmas as a result.
Right now, today, right here, there are children living on the streets, abandoned, forgotten or ignored by their parents. As a community, we make a choice to allow these young lives to be ruined by our own lack of caring.
We can continue to weave our individual cocoons out of our personal hustle and bustle. However, the sad truth is that if we don't reach beyond our comfort circle, eventually the chaos and suffering we allow to go unchecked will come back to haunt us.
Right now, today, right here, embrace the true holiday spirit by reaching out to the less fortunate who live in our midst.

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