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Lots of positives locally amid the horrors across the globe

Commentary with Geoff deGannes
Commentary with Geoff deGannes

You can’t turn on your television or radio, surf the net or read a newspaper these days without being deluged with some pretty horrific events happening in our world.

For example, it is difficult to watch the daily reports out of Aleppo, Syria and the mounting toll of civilian casualties and the atrocities being perpetrated upon innocent lives. It seems at times like injustice, hatred, intolerance, fear and paranoia have a pretty tight grip on everything that surrounds us. 

For example, it is difficult to watch the daily reports out of Aleppo, Syria and the mounting toll of civilian casualties and the atrocities being perpetrated upon innocent lives. It seems at times like injustice, hatred, intolerance, fear and paranoia have a pretty tight grip on everything that surrounds us. 

And yet, we know there are also plenty of very positive things happening as well. As we pause to reflect on this festive season and its true meaning, we can site so many examples of the good things that are happening here in our Cumberland/Westmorland neighborhood where caring and sharing are an integral part of our daily lives.  

Local area churches have been busy over the past several weeks preparing food boxes that are being delivered this week to families in need; volunteers with Christmas For Kids have been performing the daunting task of ensuring no child goes without Christmas gifts this holiday season; and the Salvation Army kettle campaign has been receiving the support of communities throughout the two counties to assist them in carrying out the charitable work they do year around.

For 10 years running now, a corps of volunteers has selflessly devoted their Christmas Day to serving others with the annual Community Christmas Dinner in Amherst. It is an event that has grown in popularity each and every year and the committee is expected to feed in excess of 400 people this year.  

It is an outstanding community cooperative effort that has been successful because of the support of its volunteers, service clubs, businesses and other organizations. It provides an opportunity for anyone, regardless of their financial situation, to enjoy a Christmas dinner, live entertainment and fellowship.         

As organizing committee member Betsy Prager says it is an opportunity to spread Christmas cheer ... particularly for those folks who don’t have family close by to share the season. There are seniors who are no longer in a position to cook a turkey dinner for themselves and it provides an option for families who want a fun, alcohol and drug free afternoon.

Dinners and sweets are also provided to first responders working on Christmas Day, at the Amherst Police Department, EHS, and the hospital.

These are just a few of the examples of the good works happening in our caring communities during this holiday season and beyond. We know that “neighbour helping neighbour” is a common occurrance in this part of the world 365 days of the year.  

 It is during the week between Christmas and New Years Day that we take the opportunity to unwind, relax and spend time with family and friends and reflect on our good fortune to live in a country where we enjoy relative prosperity free of civil strife, war and upheaval.  

May your Christmas be merry and may 2017 bring you good health and happiness.    

 

Geoff deGannes is the past chairman of the Tantramar Radio Society. His daily commentaries can be heard on 107.9 CFTA.

 

 

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