The gift of time

The Covington News - - Local news - Dr. Bet­tye Ray Guest Colum­nist

We are liv­ing in a time when we all have doubts and fears — about our jobs, our world, our fu­ture. We are liv­ing in a re­ces­sion. We are strug­gling. We are wor­ried. But, the Spirit of Christ­mas is alive and well, and it’s up to all of us to find ways to nur­ture that spirit and en­joy the sea­son without get­ting caught up in a spending frenzy. Christ­mas has al­ways been about giv­ing and gen­eros­ity, but our cul­ture of ma­te­ri­al­ism and con­sumerism can cause stress and anx­i­ety, as well as empty wal­lets. By get­ting creative with our giv­ing, we may find that less is more and sim­pler re­ally is bet­ter.

When it comes to our fam­i­lies, what could be more pre­cious than the gift of time? Rather than a gift card or the lat­est gad­get, per­haps we should con­sider giv­ing a “Gift of Time” Cer­tifi­cate. Par­ents can give their chil­dren cer­tifi­cates for read­ing a story, bak­ing some cook­ies, go­ing to the park, watch­ing a movie to­gether, or go­ing out for pizza. Friends can of­fer babysit­ting ser­vices, house-clean­ing ser­vices, com­puter lessons, or a home­made meal. An el­derly per­son would cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate a gift cer­tifi­cate for weekly vis­its, er­rand-run­ning, or rides in the car.

While we are all feel­ing the need to tighten our bud­gets, we also must re­mem­ber that there are many peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties who are in great need. More than ever, we need to find ways to as­sist those who are less for­tu­nate. This can be ac­com­plished in many ways, in­clud­ing mak­ing fi­nan­cial do­na­tions to char­i­ties, de­liv­er­ing meals to shut-ins, or do­nat­ing canned goods, toys, and cloth­ing to home­less shelters. Teach­ing your chil­dren about the joy of giv­ing can bring your fam­ily to­gether in a very spe­cial way. It will also give hope to a needy fam­ily.

Maybe this will be the year that you de­cide to shop less, yet give more. Maybe this will be the year that you give more of your loving pres­ence to some­one rather than giv­ing more to­ken presents. Maybe this will be the year that you help your chil­dren dis­cover that the best gifts don’t have to cost money. And, in the process, they will learn that acts of kind­ness and good­will are won­der­ful gifts that keep on giv­ing all year round. Smith. There was some diesel fuel spilled where the truck had turned on its side. Tues­day night a HAZ­MAT crew moved the af­fected dirt and re­placed it with fresh dirt, said Smith.

The ex­tent of the vic­tim’s in­juries and what ex­actly lead to his death is not yet known, said Mitchell.

Traf­fic on But­ler Bridge Road was af­fected for sev­eral hours yes­ter­day. The scene was not com­pletely cleared un­til late in the af­ter­noon Mitchell said.

Check Cov­News.com for fur­ther de­tails on the ac­ci­dent as they be­come avail­able.

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