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November 27, 2014
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editorial

The spirit of giving


Many local food banks are collecting for the holidays. (These do, of course, also need help all year round.) There will be toy and gift drives. Those who are able to give will have many opportunities to help those in need.

Charity is a deep-rooted element of human behavior. It is taught by many religions and communities. And while cynics might say its foundation rests in our ability to take tax deductions, we prefer to believe that it is based in compassion, the desire to relieve other flesh and blood human beings (and all sentient creatures) of suffering. Charity is not about the poor, who are all too often painted as lazy or undeserving. Charity is not about the recipient, but about the giver and what comes from the heart. We encourage residents of the Upper Delaware River Region to consider finding a local charity that is close to your heart and to donate.

And this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks that so many of us are able to give.