This area’s generous people do what they usually do, and once again they rate the thanks of the community.
It always happens this way, though. A local charity falls on hard times, the word gets out, a story gets in the paper, and the donations come in.
This time it’s Care and Share, which was looking at the possiblility of closing its doors because it was running out of things to give.
We’ve been seeing more of this in the lasts few years, because of the creeping economic downturn that results in fewer people able to give donations at the same time as it results in more people needing the products of that generosity.
But people came through. A couple days after the story first appeared in the paper, Care and Share reported a “spike” in donations.
And there isn’t a charity in the area that doesn’t have a similar story.
This isn’t to fault the people who give. There aren’t enough good words to say about those.
But we’ll repeat our usual suggestion, with an embellishment this time:
Replace the “spike” with steady, if smaller, gifts. The need is constant.
And speaking of smaller gifts, here’s the embellishment: Everyone has something to give. It doesn’t have to be a splashy donation.
Because for more and more of us, every little bit helps.