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Christmas is a season for helping those in need



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Want to help local children? Donate new toys, clothes, games, stocking stuffers, winter coats and anything you think would be desired this holiday season. Bring to the Regional News office, 315 Broad St. Monetary donations also will be accepted. All gifts will be received by needy families in the immediate area. Put your name on the items you bring as you will be included on a Thank you ad from the Regional News. Call Lisa at (262) 248-8096 with questions.
December 07, 2011 | 07:25 AM
In the past many weeks, I have been amazed at the generosity of our community.

They've donated food for the local pantries, one held a free Thanksgiving Day meal, while others are loading boxes and trees at various locations with coats, hats and mittens and collecting more money and food for the local pantries.

As we approach the Christmas holiday, it seems as though the giving spirit has only just begun.

There are people and organizations adopting families to help, an effort to raise money for 1,000 ham dinners and many opportunities with giving trees and ways to help the local school children this Christmas.

So, also being in the spirit of giving, we at the Regional News have adopted two families and with some support from our readers, are hoping to adopt a few more before the holiday is here.

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Giving is much better than receiving and knowing you helped someone struggling is the best thing I can think of doing as the holiday approaches. It is that and not shopping till you drop or desiring to find that great deal on something you don't really need, that is the true spirit of Christmas.

Many of us have been very fortunate during our lifetimes and especially lately. I have worked hard and have rarely wanted for anything in my life. I am extremely thankful for the opportunities I have had and that I was able to take advantage of each and every one of them.

However, not everyone has been as fortunate. Some have been hit by our economy, others by bad luck, some with illness or other sad circumstances. Those are the people who need help.

I especially want to focus on the children — the ones who have had to accept sacrifice during their lives because of difficult times. I want to help those children who would not have a real Christmas like the colorful and happy ones I enjoyed as a child.

In this true spirit of Christmas, the Regional News is among many trying to help out.

We are asking people to bring donations or items such as toys, games and clothes for children of all ages to the Regional News office, 315 Broad St.

Put unwrapped toys or clothes under our tree located just inside our door and we will ensure the items reach those in need this Christmas. Also, if you would like to have your name included in a thank-you ad in the Regional News before Christmas, please include your name on the item you bring.

For those who would rather donate, stop by and drop it in our donation box located next to the Christmas tree. Include your name if you would like to be listed in our thank you ad.

There also will be an item donation box for this effort at Simple Cafe, 525 Broad St.

Many other ways to help

Children in the local schools are also in need. The Holiday Giving program is in full swing in the Lake Geneva Schools, but help still is needed from area residents.

The schools have lists of those families in need and area residents can help.

Anyone who wants to find out more information can contact the district's social workers. Tana Kubly can be reached at tana.kubly@badger.k12.wi.us or Emily Schumacher at emily.schumacher@badger.k12.wi.us. You also can call Kubly at (262) 348-1000, ext. 1106 or Schumacher at (262) 348-1000, ext. 1109.

Those who would prefer to help in other ways can contact their local churches. Immanuel Lutheran Church has many families to adopt. Other area churches also are doing the same thing, so contact a church closest to you.

Let's make 2011 a Christmas many of our less fortunate will remember as a special one. We're going to do the best we can here at the Regional News to make that goal a reality.

Seiser is the editor of the Regional News.

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