For thousands of area residents, Christmas morning brought with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous hearts.
We refer, of course, to those who have done what they could to ensure that our needy neighbors enjoyed some of the material joys of Christmas.
Hundreds of area residents have taken active parts in various Christmas season campaigns. They have collected toys for children, food for families and other items intended to make the season bright for all.
Thousands more have made donations to the Christmas campaigns, often reaching deep into their pockets to do so.
We ask that those who have helped think about this:
Somewhere in our region, perhaps just down the street from you, is a child whose face is positively glowing - because of you.
Somewhere else a family forced most of the time to use food stamps only for necessities was able to enjoy all the trimmings of Christmas dinner - because you helped.
You did that. Without you, it would not have happened. God bless you all - every one.