There are a few gaps still waiting to be filled, but it’s great news that the majority of requests for holiday assistance for local residents already have been met.
Just Food can still use some donations to fund Christmas dinners, and Court Appointed Special Advocates is looking for some items for infants and toddlers. The Community Christmas Dinner needs a few more hams, but it has all the pies and turkeys it needs for the annual tradition.
Many agencies report all their families in need already have been adopted for the holidays and the requests listed above may already be filled by people who read about them in Thursday’s Journal-World.
This is a great tribute to the people of Lawrence and Douglas County, who seek out community needs and step up to offer a helping hand. That spirit exists here throughout the year, but it’s particularly evident at the holidays.
The last shopping weekend before Christmas is bound to be a busy one for local residents and, hopefully, for local businesses. Heading into the holiday home stretch, however, it’s nice to know that local families in need already have the promise of a special holiday meal and presents to open on Christmas morning.
Giving is a big part of the Christmas holiday, and local residents should feel good about sharing some of their bounty with people who are less fortunate.