For thousands of people in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties, Christmas morning brings with it a special joy that comes from compassionate, generous hearts.
We refer, of course, to those who have done what they could to ensure that our needy neighbors enjoy some of the material joys of Christmas.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of area residents have taken active parts in various Christmas-season campaigns. They have collected toys for children, food for families and other items intended to make the season bright for as many people as possible.
Thousands more have made donations to the Christmas campaigns, often reaching deep into their pockets to do so.
Some local volunteers even will be preparing and delivering meals to those in need on Christmas. One such effort is being organized at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gloversville.
We ask those who have helped to think about this on Christmas Day:
Somewhere in our area, perhaps just down the street from you, is a child whose face is positively glowing - because of you.
Somewhere else a family forced most of the time to use food stamps only for necessities is enjoying all the trimmings of Christmas dinner - because you helped.
You did that. Without you, it would not have happened.