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Archive for Monday, July 20, 2009

Year-round needs

July 20, 2009

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The Salvation Army’s current “Christmas in July” campaign is a good reminder that charitable causes need support all year round.

Close to the holidays, much attention is given to providing gifts and meals for area residents who need some helping, but in the middle of the summer there aren’t as many organized efforts to respond to those needs.

Food pantries still need to be replenished, and utility bills still must be paid. Buying the clothing and supplies needed to send children back to school can overwhelm a limited budget.

Giving to others isn’t really a big part of the July 4th or Labor Day tradition. On the other hand, it might be easier to find a little extra money in your budget now than at Christmas time when you’re spending money on gifts for family and friends.

The demands faced by local social service agencies don’t go on summer vacation. Now’s a perfect time to lend a helping hand.

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