Every year, local residents and businesses take the initiative to donate food to those who face hunger during the holidays, and presents to children who might otherwise go without.
This year was no exception as a Friday afternoon visit to Carey Foster Hall or the local 4-H facility would demonstrate.
In one building, Toys for Tots volunteers hustled to round up bags of presents for families in need, while additional toys filled folding tables and bicycles awaited new owners.
Not far away, Holiday Partnership volunteers organized food donations into baskets that were then distributed to awaiting families.
The site was a reminder of the generosity that Crook County continues to display. For a community that suffers mightily from unemployment and poverty, its citizens continually give of what little they have to help those who have even less.
We applaud everyone who pitched in this holiday season. Your generosity is commendable.
However, it turns out that the need has outpaced the giving this year, and families still need help. Holiday Partnership organizers had to make a last-minute food purchase to fill the requests they received.
In January, the St. Vincent de Paul food bank will begin providing food boxes for people in need, and Holiday Partnership leader Brenda Comini said the food bank is starting out pretty lean.
As the holidays draw to a close, we encourage local residents to continue displaying the admirable giving spirit that makes helps annual programs like the Holiday Partnership and Toys for Tots succeed. The holiday season may soon end, but the need continues on.