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home : opinion : editorial June 28, 2016

11/26/2013 3:46:00 PM
Thanksgiving cheer

This weekend, as we sit down to our annual Thanksgiving dinners, we'll count our blessings and take note of the family who are with us, as well as those who are not.
We will share in the usual joys that Thanksgiving brings - long after-dinner walks, card games, NFL football and scrumptious deserts. No doubt the day will bring plenty of banter and even some discussions about Black Friday or Small Business Saturday as folks look ahead to the Christmas shopping season.
Of course when it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, that is only the tip of the iceberg. If we tried to mention them all, we would probably fill this page.
However, there is one more potential new tradition that is worth mentioning as we get set for this Thanksgiving weekend - supporting those who are less fortunate. One way to do that is through the Christmas Cheer Box.
This gift collection program spans all of Cottonwood County and continues for at least another week. It is sponsored by the Windom Women of Today and the Mt. Lake Police Department. It's an ideal way to help those who are having a tough time making ends meet this Christmas season.
The instructions and rules are fairly simple:
• All donated gifts must be unwrapped.
• The county's sites accept toys, hats, mittens, clothing, books and other items that would be appropriate for children who are 18 and younger.
• Cash donations may be left at any bank that has a Christmas drop-off, or mailed to: Christmas Cheer Box, Women of Today, P.O. Box 222, Windom, MN, 56101.
• The deadline for donations is Dec. 9.
A full list of donation sites can be found elsewhere in this week's Citizen. Among them are: Lichty Drug and Bank Midwest in Westbrook; First Security Bank in Storden; State Bank of Jeffers; Country Pride and United Prairie Bank in Mt. Lake; Citizen Publishing Company and Hardee's in Windom.
Families seeking gifts for their children have until Tuesday to complete applications (they can be mailed to the same location as the one listed above for cash donations). The applications are available at Cottonwood County Family Services, Cottonwood-Jackson Community Health Service, Windom Area Sharing Center, Windom Area Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Lake City Hall and all Cottonwood County area churches.
There is clearly no shortage of area residents who could really use a lift this Christmas season. At Monday's Windom school board meeting, we learned that the district's percentage of free-and-reduced lunch qualifiers has hit 45.4%, and rising.
As we look ahead to the weekend, there's no doubt that many area residents are already thinking about getting started with their Christmas shopping. When you are out and about, trying to find that perfect gift for a close friend or family member, please make it a point to shop for folks who are going through a tough time this Christmas season.
It's a safe bet that act of kindness will stick with you for the entire day and maybe longer. You'll feel good about yourself, and your kind gesture will no doubt make someone's day.
- Rahn Larson

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