Make 2014 a year of giving [UPDATED]Published 10:30am Thursday, December 26, 2013 Updated 12:32pm Thursday, December 26, 2013
The “season of giving” may be coming to a close, but the need for generosity is not.
Local organizations such as the Salvation Army, Food Shelf, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, Someplace Safe and The United Way rely on donations year-round, and the new year is a great opportunity to resolve to continue giving.
There is no lack of generosity in Otter Tail County, but donations tend to fall off in the weeks and months following Christmas. The United Way still has about $50,000 to go to reach its $320,000 campaign goal, and the Food Shelf often runs low on supplies in February and March. Holiday giving is a great tradition in the area, but it’s time to continue the generosity into 2014.
This Christmas brought about many outstanding acts of giving and selflessness. The Daily Journal would like to thank everyone who gave to local organizations this holiday season, but one anonymous donation deserves special recognition. For the second year in a row, a person donated $5,000 to the Fergus Falls Community Food Shelf and didn’t even accept a receipt. The donation could cover the Food Shelf’s operating costs for six to eight weeks.
Thank you to all who gave this holiday season, and let’s keep the ball rolling into next year.