The Christmas season brings out the special giving of children and adults, hoping to help those in need have a blessing this Christmas. I see this as children put in their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the Christmas kettles; with smiles on their faces (thank you, parents, for teaching it is truly blessed to give).
I see this as many give to The Salvation Army for their food pantry, toys for children this Christmas season, clothing throughout the year. I see this often as an employee of The Salvation Army.
I saw this special giving again recently as I picked up food at a local elementary school conducting a food drive for The Salvation Army.
Parents at the school were truly generous, giving much needed items. The principal of the school had a young fourth-grade student help me with the food drive.
As we walked through the school halls we talked. I found out that the young boy knew of The Salvation Army. He knew that The Salvation Army "helped people."
He then stated that his house was flooded last year during the flood that affected many in our community, and The Salvation Army helped their family with clothes and food. He, at his young age, knew of The Salvation Army and that we were able to help.
Of course, we could not help without the generous support within our community.
The Christmas season is indeed special as it teaches each of us that it is truly blessed to give.
Talk to you again soon.
Please help by giving generously to the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army Santa Fund.
You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.