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our view Local charities need support this season

November 25, 2018

Even the grumpiest of people will be motivated to donate some money to a charity or worthy cause at this time of year. Their generosity is welcome and needed — not just now. The good works that local charities perform do a lot to help people get through their lowest point and put their lives back on track. That’s noble, and the rest of us would be a sorry lot if we didn’t extend a helping hand to those who need it.

There’s no such thing as a bad charitable donation. As long as you are helping a legitimate organization, your kindness should be welcomed.

But over the next five weeks, please remember local charities when you’re thinking about donating some of your money or time. There are too many people right here in Southeast Texas who will struggle through this holiday season. You can make their life a little brighter, and if you don’t, no one else might.

The list of worthy local charities is too long for this space. We hesitate to note even a few for fear of overlooking some.

But it is also important to mention groups like the Southeast Texas Food Bank, Nutrition and Services for Seniors, the Julie Rogers Gift of Life, the United Board of Missions, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, Henry’s Place/Some Other Place, the American Red Cross of Southeast and Deep East Texas Chapter, Boys’ Haven, Girls’ Haven, Family Services of Southeast Texas — and, again, many more.

Here at The Enterprise, we also want to remind you about our Empty Stocking Fund. It started in 1914 as the Milk and Ice Fund when one of our reporters, Florence Stratton, wanted to do something to provide those commodities to poor people in the hot summer months, before air-conditioning was common. In 1920, another component was added to provide food, clothing and candy at Christmas to those who needed it. Over time, the focus shifted entirely to Christmas.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to provide toys to children who might not have any gifts under the tree on Christmas morning — if their parents can even afford a tree, that is, and many can’t. This may be the oldest continuously operating local charity in the region. If you can help us keep it going, your support will be deeply appreciated. A coupon will appear in each day’s paper giving the latest fund totals and reminding you how to donate. Our plea is simple: Please help if you can.

That extends to other local charities as well. The math is simple: The more money and resources they have to work with, the more good they can do. Please remember them if you have something extra to share.

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