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Editorial: Many examples of local charity show Christmas spirit

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opinion Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in our region.

In Tuesday's Daily Globe,an article headlined "Sweet dreams" detailed Slumberland's Homes for the Holidays promotion, which resulted in the Worthington store's donation of 20 beds to people in need.

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And, in today's edition, a photograph and caption shows a generous contribution by Nobles Cooperative Electric to Worthington's Manna Food Pantry. (A gift of food was also made to the pantry Tuesday by the accounting firm Turbes Drealan Kvilhaug Mammen & Co. PA; a photo will be published in an upcoming edition of the Globe.)

And here are just two more examples. Employees of JBS in Worthington just contributed nearly $50,500 to the Worthington Area United Way, allowing that organization to nearly reach its campaign goal of $135,000. The recently completed Community Christmas Baskets program had another successful year.

The old adage "it's always better to give than to receive" is certainly honored around these parts. That's especially worth noting at a time when not only many people are struggling, but those who aren't are nevertheless re-evaluating their financial priorities. The fact that many continue to contribute to charitable organizations this Christmas shows that there are many who realize the importance of (and the rewards that come from) following Christ's example -- helping those who need it most.

Merry Christmas to all.

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