It’s always a pleasure for our reporting staff to write about the good deeds performed within the community. They are regular and frequent all 365 days of the year but the goodwill certainly gets amped up around the holidays—stretching from Thanksgiving to the New Year.

At Christmas we are particularly motivated to make sure our neighbors can enjoy a special meal, put extra food in the cupboard and gifts under the tree.

In this edition alone we have stories about a Capac Boy Scouts troop’s successful food drive, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s Christmas basket deliveries and the annual Shop With a Hero event that sends kids and first responders together on a very fun shopping spree. In recent weeks, we’ve also highlighted a coat drive underway in Dryden and the donation of items by Imlay City Middle School students to Holiday Depot.

In a similar fashion, parents have done what they can to show their gratitude to teachers and school staff with some delivering a special breakfast and another handing out gift cards at Almont’s Orchard Primary.

The timing of this outpouring couldn’t be better. These acts of generosity and kindness provide a morale boost, particularly at the end of what has been another challenging year. School violence, deadly natural disasters, the pandemic and more weigh heavy on our spirits at present.

Peace is a common sentiment offered during the holidays on Christmas cards and in carols. Although peace may feel elusive most days, we hope that the goodwill and benevolence shown by these local groups and individuals bring a measure of peace to the recipients.

We’re grateful to live and work in a generous community and hope that in this season of giving you’ve done something to offer peace to others.

Merry Christmas!