Contrary to whimsical belief, the Grinch doesn’t steal Christmas. Povery and misfortune do, and that’s why, every year just before Thanksgiving, hearts and minds and some savings go out to the less fortunate in the community. Churches gear up their own toy drives, businesses do, and rock-solid charities such as the Salvation Army get ready for a busy but rewarding time.
Unfortunately, the good folks at that Army, who deploy thousands of citizens to their kettles with bells every year, are experiencing a shortage of food donations this Christmas. Let’s get the addresses for donations out there: In Wake County, call 919-779-8867 or go online at www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/wakecounty/get-involved/. For Durham, Orange and Person counties, call 919-384-7130 or go to www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/durham/donate.
The problem with the shortfall may be that people in the area dug deep to help people whose homes were devastated by Hurricane Matthew, or it could be that the recent election season just distracted people.
No matter. The election’s over. And Christmas is upon us, so it’s time to go to the well again in order to see to it that families do not lack for Christmas dinner, or any other dinner, for that matter. The Salvation Army also coordinates some gift-giving, particularly for children. ‘Tis the season — to give.