As of Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Among the traditions during Christmas time are those of charity and goodwill. Though these have become cliches of the season, this does not diminish the necessity of sharing out of the bounty we have been blessed with.
Everyone needs a reminder now and again that there are needs to fill in our communities: the essentials (food, shelter, clothing), the extension of neighborly support and companionship, and the recognition of our committed business community.
Idaho County has its strengths in generosity, giving and community spirit. We may kick and fuss at each other through the year, but times of adversity or need push that animosity aside and bring us together for the common good.
Just a small reminder for us all in the coming year to think on at least one area we can give or lend our hand to: a food bank, a service organization, volunteer tutor, dedicating more shopping dollars to Main Street businesses, inviting the neighbor over for dinner or at least to coffee downtown.
“Mankind was my business,” cried Marley’s ghost in the Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol. “The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
Charity is not a government program. Charity starts at home.