Many of the agencies and special campaigns that work to help the needy during the Christmas season have stopped collecting donations for use this year. During the next few days they will be preoccupied with distributing the toys, food and other items they have gathered through the goodness of area residents' hearts.
We salute these organizations for the vital work they do in our community.
We also urge you to keep your wallets and pocketbooks open, however. Some campaigns will nearly drain their coffers in attempts to do all they can for the needy this week. That is good, but will make it difficult for charities to continue the important work they do throughout the rest of the year.
Need is not felt solely during the holidays.
We encourage area residents to continue donating to charitable causes this week and through the year. Your help is doing an enormous amount of good - and much more needs to be done.