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Editorial: Christmas kindness to be commended


Goodwill at Christmas often spans beyond those considered most needy. Everyone is well aware of the work the Salvation Army does leading up to Christmas, between the hampers and gifts for little boys and girls of less fortunate families.

It’s a lot of work by a lot of volunteers who do everything from hours of sitting by kettles to ensuring young people have something under the Christmas tree to open on Christmas Day.

But people in the Stephenville area are also fortunate to have the Knights of Columbus looking out for them. For a number of years now the knights have been cooking for people who are in need of a Christmas dinner.

It is recognized for being for the less fortunate but it’s much more than that. The dinner is open to anyone in the community who find themselves in a situation where they are alone on Christmas Day.

Unfortunately some people believe that going to such an event is only for those who cannot afford it but the knights will be quick to say that such is not the case.

There are many people today who don’t have family members near them as the children have all moved away and don’t get to come home during the holiday season. There are others who have lost loved ones and remain alone.

It certainly is not the same cooking for yourself, or even for a couple, and sitting down and just looking at each other on Christmas Day over a meal, especially when you are doing the same thing for most of the year.

Getting out of the house, going to a meal and socializing with other people is what Christmas should be all about. It should not be about loneliness.

This is exactly why the Knights of Columbus came up with the “free” Christmas dinner and why they invite everyone in the community, no matter what class level you are in, to come out and share a meal on this important day.

These people are giving up their own time on Christmas Day itself to try to relieve some of the loneliness that people endure. People should have no qualms about taking advantage of it.

If you’re in that category get out and enjoy the meal, the social interaction and shrug off being alone on Christmas Day.

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