The Christmas Season is certainly upon us, with decorations evident, seasonal music on our radios and a general feeling of good will abounding here in the Keweenaw. But despite all the festivities there are reminders everywhere that there are still are plenty of those who are in need in our area.
Bell ringers are out in high-traffic areas, manning kettles collecting bills and coins to be used to help the unfortunate others.
Most churches and many businesses have "giving trees" whose ornaments feature the names and ages of little ones who may not otherwise find a present under the tree this year.
Once again this Christmas season, the Daily Mining Gazette is a drop-off location for the Cheer Club, collecting toys and other gifts the Salvation Army will dispense to needy little ones. The Marine Corps League's "Toys for Tots" barrels are another reminder of the need that exists.
The Gospel of Luke reminds us that to whom much has been given, much is expected.
With that in mind we encourage everyone who can, to give whatever they can to the charity or program of their choice.
It is up to all of us to ensure that each and every resident of the Copper Country enjoys a Merry Christmas.