Our View: Thanks for giving

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

The most wonderful time of the year has been more than just an expression in the Tri-Cities area.

The season of giving has arrived, but chances are good that you already know that. Residents understand what it means to help others during the holiday season.

The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is under way. Last year, the Salvation Army set its goal $325,000. The remarkably generous people of this area went above and beyond that and donated a total of $410,000.

In addition, the United Way of Central Kane County reached its goal for 2011-12, collecting $480,000 in donations.

Salvation Army red kettles are visible throughout the area, and bell ringers are standing by. You know what to do. The local group’s goal this year is $375,000. Meanwhile, the United Way has established a goal of $490,000 for the 2012-13 campaign that is under way.

Through difficult economic times, residents have made this magic happen. This is a time to congratulate people for recognizing the importance of that, and – of course – to remind them that such an effort will be needed again.

The area’s charitable organizations provide services to more and more needy people. Without the contributions, that wouldn’t be possible. Thanks for giving.