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Tis the Season
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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

Even though Thanksgiving is almost a week old, we know some of our readers are still complaining about how they ate too much, while others are discussing and rehashing the craziness that comes from the annual gathering of the relatives.

Those of us who can participate in those discussions are truly blessed. Unfortunately, there are neighbors among us who don't get to have those discussions.

We know that every Christmas and holiday season there are numerous churches and civic groups that step forward to assist the less fortunate among us.

We salute each and every one of those groups and offer our support in spreading the word.

However, if you don't already have a favorite group that you support or if you want to pick another one, we here at The Covington News will be accepting donations of food, money or toys, as well as any donations to help our furry friends at the county's animal shelter that are currently looking for homes.

If you would care to drop off a donation, you can do so at our office, 1166 Usher St. in downtown Covington. Anyone who stops by is welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee or some hot chocolate and a cookie or two, on the house. We'd also be happy to give you a tour of the office, and our folks would be glad to greet you and thank you for your generosity.

In addition, we've also been designated by the big man himself, to be an official collector of letters to Santa. Just drop by and leave your child's note in our red mail box located in the lobby.

Finally, if you're looking for a fun idea for a holiday staff party or new family tradition, you can gladly borrow our office tradition. Every year at our Christmas party, employees draw names and bring a wrapped toy that reflects the personality of the person whose name they drew. This always leads to some good laughs and some exclamations of ‘"Oh, how sweet." Once we're done, we gather up all the toys later and make sure they're distributed to the children in our community.

So, during this most joyous Christmas season, remember that there are those among us who don't have as many blessings and think about making their lives a little brighter.