The season of giving is upon us

The stores are draped in color, the golden tunes of Bing Crosby ring through the air and houses are aglow with decorations. The holiday season is once again here.

With the season comes an increased concern for those around us who may need a hand. Most all of the holidays we celebrate in the final two months of the season are based on the tradition of helping those less fortunate.

One place that sees an increased need during this time are food pantries and emergency food shelves. There is a combination of factors that lead to this need, as families start to face colder temperatures and the decision of whether or not to use their paychecks to provide warmth or nourishment. Not only are fuel prices higher than they used to be, but now food prices have also seen a rise with recent drought and market conditions.

We’re not talking about providing the extras here, but the basic food needed to maintain a proper diet from day to day. In a recent interview with the directors of the Willsboro and Essex food pantries, they said that they were making multiple trips up and down the Willsboro town hall stairs each day to get packages from the pantry to families in need. For them, a savior showed up in the form of two local businesses, as Champlain National Bank and NYCO combined to contribute $3,200 to the pantry. We commend these organizations for their service to the community.

We also commend those who contributed throughout the region during the recent Scouting For Food and U.S. Postal Service drives. Postal workers collected food to be sent to the New York City area, where the need is great after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Cub and Boy Scouts contributed to local food pantries, collecting on Saturday morning, Nov. 17, youth gave their precious Saturday morning time to help others. If you would like to help these pantries, contact your local town hall for hours and details.

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