Things seem a little different this year than in the past number of years. The charities are out collecting for those in need at Christmas, but everywhere you hear that the donations are down and the need has increased.
People don’t seem to be dropping as much in the Salvation Army kettles and that’s perhaps due to the cutbacks in the public service, which also trickles down to the private sector.
The collection of toys in an ambulance in Stephenville that was done in collaboration between Russell’s Ambulance Service and the Salvation Army seems to be a saving grace, because a good collection is always the result.
Donations to the Smiley Tree in the Stephenville Plaza were down last week, so that ambulance collection helped to balance that out.
It’s probably not the fact that people are being like the Grinch at this time of year but more likely that some of them are finding themselves in a pinch because someone in the family might have lost a job.
Fortunately, there are groups of all kinds that help out at this time of year.
But it’s sad to see that in a province that is doing well, despite the recent recession, that there are more people out of work in some regions.
Those who give are to be commended but there will always be a some without compassion who feel they have no need to give and help out those less fortunate.
It’s too bad some people feel like that but they are not likely to change.
Those who give can only hope that at some time the miserly will realize what they are missing by not sharing.
Giving is perhaps the greatest part of life.