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Our thoughts... A time for giving
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"If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart."

Arab proverb

The holiday season is usually a time of joy and giving.

But because of the economic situation that many of our neighbors are experiencing this year, that spirit of joy might be tinged with struggle and sadness.

It's up to use to help our neighbors in need in Newton County to have some happy holiday memories this year.

We can buy extra cans of food, or give food gift certificates; we can donate those nearly new toys that are sitting around the house gathering dust.

There are also civic groups like the Covington Rotary that will be out in force in December handing out Christmas gifts to children of the community.

Groups like the Salvation Army and food banks collect food and clothing and issue certificates for medicine for families in need.

There are many folks out there who want to help out, but don't know where to begin. So, starting today, we will be running a list of groups and charities where you can give of yourself and be a holiday helper. See Page 2 for our starter list, and check out You can tell us about your group, too, and we can add to the list.

You can also come to see us at our office, 1166 Usher St. N.W. We'll be accepting donations of food, money and toys that we in turn will take to the Salvation Army and the Community Food Bank.

You can also give of yourself, your time and talents, even if you are struggling financially. Take some time to visit an elderly neighbor or a home for seniors or adopt a senior for the holidays.

Keep your neighbors in your prayers, too. Together, and with the Good Lord's help, we can make a difference here in our beautiful and blessed Newton County.