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January 7, 2013

Reflections on Community Help

By SUE SEIBERT

Raf got me a Roku for Christmas, as well as a membership in Netflix and I haven’t watched so many movies in a really long time! One I watched was called “Craig’s List Joe.”  It was a documentary about a young man who, with a camerman he found on Craig’s List, dropped out for a month, 30 days, without money and carrying only a iPad and an iPhone. He was testing the theory that people nowadays don’t take care of each other and he was trying to find out if he could live simply by finding help, work, food and a place to sleep through Craig’s List.

And you know what, he proved that people out there are still willing to help each other.  And, I believe he’s right, but ...

Reflecting on the season just passed, I think about some of the things our family did and some of the things our community did to help others.

I could make a huge list of things like Tommy’s Angel Tree, all the various food pantries and all the various agencies whose mission statements are aimed at helping people in our community.

I’ve seen various ads on television, especially in November and December, from national groups asking for help for people all over the world and I know most of these agencies are worthy. Our family donated to Operation Christmas which sent its gifts through First Baptist Church.

But I began to wonder how many of the children, youth, adults and elderly in Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto County did not have a happy Christmas because they were missed. How many people here had no food, perhaps because they didn’t know where to go to food pantries or who they needed to contact? How many children here did not have toys? How many people had to spend Christmas alone because either they had no family or because no one cared?

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