Christmas is a time for giv­ing in the AV

Antelope Valley Press - - Opinion -

It’s Christmas Eve and that means the big day is to­mor­row. Lit­tle girls and boys will pen notes and leave cook­ies and milk out for ‘ol St. Nick tonight, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of his ar­rival, which hope­fully means they will find gifts un­der the Christmas tree from that jolly ‘ol elf.

You can track his progress on Christmas Eve, by ac­cess­ing the Norad Santa Tracker, avail­able at av­press.com or by go­ing di­rectly to www.no­rad­santa.org.

Though Santa’s busiest day is Dec. 24, Christmas came early for some An­te­lope Val­ley youth this year. It seems Santa’s elves were out en force, help­ing de­liver toys and other gifts. Christmas is the sea­son of giv­ing and it was ev­i­dent that An­te­lope Val­ley res­i­dents were happy to oblige. The front page of the An­te­lope

Val­ley Press has an­nounced char­i­ta­ble ef­forts for sev­eral days. It started shortly af­ter Thanks­giv­ing, when lo­cals be­gan an­nounc­ing col­lec­tions for toys, cloth­ing and food to help needy area fam- ilies.

The Mon­day pa­per fea­tured two stories on A1 — one about the AVTA de­liv­er­ing toys and other gifts that were col­lected in their Stuff-a-bus drive that kicked off dur­ing the Gob­ble Wob­ble in Novem­ber and one about Ea­gle Scouts col­lect­ing cloth­ing items for stu­dents. Prob­a­bly the most well-known toy drive was fea­tured on A1 of the Sun­day news­pa­per, as Marines dis­trib­uted the toys they col­lected in their Toys for Tots drive. SAVES was front and cen­ter on Satur­day, as vol­un­teers stood in for Santa’s elves and gave away food and toys.

So you see, the AV is full of peo­ple who care about each other. We at the AV Press also acted as a drop-off point for toys, as we helped col­lect them for the CHiPs for Kids Toy Drive. You prob­a­bly saw the photo of Ad­ver­tis­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Jackie Zib­ble, Pub­lisher Mike McMullin and CHP Of­fi­cer Monique Mis­cheaux, fea­tured on the front page of to­day’s pa­per. Mis­cheaux came by yes­ter­day to col­lect all the toys we col­lected.

We are lucky to live in an area where there are so many peo­ple will­ing to help those who need it. From folks help­ing feed the home­less, to pro­vid­ing food for hol­i­day food drives, coats, blan­kets and cloth­ing for those in need and toys for the lit­tle ones, it’s ev­i­dent that the AV is a very giv­ing com­mu­nity.

But we also need to re­mem­ber that gen­eros­ity should not be some­thing we ex­hibit ex­clu­sively for the hol­i­days — and it doesn’t al­ways need to be in the form of goods. Vol­un­teers are al­most al­ways needed around town, as well. Whether it’s a food pantry, the hos­pi­tal or your lo­cal li­brary, think about do­nat­ing a cou­ple hours a week to an or­ga­ni­za­tion that needs vol­un­teers.

We run sev­eral an­nounce­ments in the Com­mu­nity News cal­en­dar, for or­ga­ni­za­tions or groups that are seek­ing vol­un­teers. You may just make a new friend or learn some­thing new, but most of all, by vol­un­teer­ing, you’ll be help­ing a group that needs ex­tra man­power. Think about it. Christmas is a great time to give back to the com­mu­nity, but we should all think about how we can make the com­mu­nity bet­ter the rest of the year, too. Merry Christmas, ev­ery­one!

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