Tis the giving season | AspenTimes.com

Tis the giving season

The Aspen Times wants to take a moment to remind the community that now is a good time to help those less fortunate. Actually, anytime is a great time to give to those who need a helping hand, but this is the time of year most people think about charity.There are plenty of ways to help your neighbors in need. Local churches have proven their mettle year in and year out, quietly helping people in need. Those organizations can always use a helping hand in the form of time or money.Lift-UP, a regional nonprofit that feeds people, distributes toys and provides for other basic needs, is running full steam ahead again this year. One of the most obvious examples is the organization’s Angel Tree program, which delivers presents to more than 4,000 needy children every year.The U.S. Marine Corps has enlisted the help of Big O Tires to collect toys for its well-known Toys for Tots program.The valley’s ongoing effort to help the folks living in Pearlington, Miss., is another giving opportunity. While much of the attention toward Hurricane Katrina and its victims has subsided, locals here continue to help locals there rebuild their lives. Check out http://www.pearlingtonproject.com for more information.There are plenty of ways, through organizations, to help people with time, money and other donations, but here are other ways to be kind, too. If, for instance, you know people who are is hungry or having trouble clothing their children, then help them buy some food or clothing. So many of us are so fortunate. Many of us who don’t feel rich really are quite well off. But there are some in the community who are having a truly difficult time making ends meet. So why not share our wealth with those who are not so fortunate?The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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