Holiday season thank-yous

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Thanksgiving may have passed but the occasions for giving thanks and helping others continue.

Lest the holidays pass by too soon, which they always seem to, here are a few rounds of applause I would like to deliver and a reminder of the need to reach out to others.

Last week’s funeral for Barry Jarvis was a moving event for me. I did not know the fallen soldier but I heard from former classmates who admired how he found meaning and purpose by serving in our nation’s military.

Thanks to everyone who helped honor his life and sacrifice, local veterans organizations, groups such as Patriot Guard and friends and strangers who attended the funeral.

Last week’s events also reminded me of the service of funeral homes. Though businesses, their work is also a ministry to those who have lost loved ones. Our two local family-operated funeral homes do a wonderful job of caring for us in some of the most trying times.

Thanks goes to all of those who helped prepare Thanksgiving dinner at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Tell City. Taking a few photos of the community meal is part of every Thanksgiving Day routine.

Those of us who never lack food or family with which to enjoy holidays oftentimes fail to appreciate just how fortunate we are.

Since I was headed to Spencer County after leaving EUCC, I volunteered to take two meals to a couple in Troy. That left me feeling good inside and appreciative of the blessings I have.

Christmas is coming and those who are alone or who face the holiday lacking money to purchase gifts or even food need our help.

If you have spare time or money, find a way to help others this Christmas season. Angel Trees are still up and hold the names of people who need aid. Holiday Helpers, a group of volunteers who coordinate end-of-year programs, always has ways to help. Call United Way of Perry County at 547-2577 to find out more.

The local Fraternal Order of Police will host its Shop with a Cop program this Sunday. I’ve seen firsthand how that experience brightens the lives of children, not only by giving them clothes and toys for Christmas, but leaving them a positive view of law enforcement. Donations this week will help support that program. To help, see any police officer or call the Tell City Police Department at 547-7068.

A final thanks goes to those serving in the military, especially those fighting for us in harm’s way: Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea and elsewhere. Thanks also to their families, who share in their sacrifices and the longing feeling of separation, especially this time of year.