Create Your Own Tradition Of Giving

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Next Thursday most of us will sit down to a sumptuous feast made possible by good fortune and loving families.

As we prepare for this day of giving thanks in the coming week, let's make a promise to share our blessings with others who may not be as fortunate or are far from loving families.

The Rim country has a bounty of generous people and organizations devoted to brightening the holiday season. Some, but not all, are:

  • Christmas for Kids, Matt VanCamp, (928) 474-5242, ext. 2251;
  • Masonic Lodge Clothe-a-Child, John H. Dino, (928) 474-2614;
  • Operation: Christmas Card, Mary Goddard, (928) 472-7507;
  • Optimist's Christmas Food Drive, Irma Bramlet, (928) 472-6327;
  • Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child, Luann Barker, (928) 474-9761;
  • Santa's List and Angel Trees, Barb Wilembrecht, (928) 595-TOYS (8697).

Area churches and service organizations also have a variety of holiday programs to benefit our neighbors in need. Or you can create your own tradition of giving -- call the area's nursing homes, senior centers or veterans organizations and see whether there is someone they know who might be in need of a special remembrance during the holidays.

This would also be a good time to talk about participating in the state's tax credit program. By contributing to a qualified group, you get a deduction.

Put the finishing touches on your holiday plans, set aside some time with your family and choose a charity or two with which to share the joy of the season. It doesn't take much effort -- just a phone call.

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