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Many ways to help others

As people sit down and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, we hope they take the time to remember there are others who could use some help.

It’s an important point to think about because the needy exist in every community, including our own.

Thankfully, their are many ways to help give back. Among the organizations that could use the help are:

The Toys for Tots campaign. There are boxes at about 80 locations in Fulton and Montgomery counties ready to accept donations.

John Pradelski, coordinator for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program with the Adirondack Detachment 787 of the Marine Corps League, told the newspaper the goal of the program is to make sure every child can enjoy a toy Christmas morning. In 2013, the organization managed to give toys to about 1,600 children across both Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The famous red kettles of the Salvation Army are collecting money in front of many local stores. According to a news release from the organization, the campaign provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. All of that from a program that was started by a single Salvation Army captain in 1891, and now involves more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers across the country, who ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.

Warm the Children – which is administered by The Leader-Herald in the local area – provides new, warm, winter clothing for children of needy families. People make monetary donations and volunteers can take families shopping for the clothing.

Those are just three examples; there are many other worthy organizations and causes that could use help.

As people remember what they are thankful for, we hope a spirit of generosity fills their hearts and makes them help the less fortunate.

Whether it’s a donation of money, work or time, helping others ensures we all have a community we can be thankful for.

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