Merry Christmas!

Today, on the eve of Christmas, people may be finishing their tasks for the holiday, doing last-minute shopping or completing other preparations. Whether you’re finishing your tasks or just starting them, we hope your holidays are joyful.

During this time of celebration of Jesus’ birth, it’s also a time to be grateful for the Christmas spirit.

  • People stepped up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign when donations were falling short and volunteers were needed. We don’t know yet if the donations will reach the $139,000 goal, but we know people cared enough to help when learning that donations were down quite a bit during the campaign.
  • People donated toys to the Toys for Tots campaign to help families have a brighter Christmas. Thousands of toys were donated and distributed to children in this area. Eventide Jamestown donated trees and wreaths to families in need with the help of others including businesses, clubs and individuals. Other annual events such as Cops and Kids and the Angel Tree program also make a difference for children and families at Christmas.
  • The student council at Jamestown High School organized a community food drive with a goal to donate 10,000 pounds of food to local food pantries. The drive resulted in 3,000 nonperishable food and personal hygiene items being donated through the “Stuff the Civic” food drive.
  • The Community Christmas Dinner brought together people for fellowship and a meal at Victory Lutheran Church on Dec. 15. The annual dinner, like the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, is free to anyone.
  • The list of residents’ charitable giving is endless and includes not just monetary and tangible items but also such things as volunteering, making a difference in the lives of others. Whether it’s a coach, a Sunday school teacher or a helping hand for a neighbor, giving is abundant in our communities.

All of this giving also represents hope, hope for a better day for someone in need, hope to brighten the spirit of others and hope for our greater community.

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Christmas is a time of hope, as people around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We hope your Christmas is a time of joy and hope. Merry Christmas.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.