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In midst of turmoil, people still doing good

Our view: Lots of opportunities to help out during holiday season

One cannot open a newspaper nor turn a television these days and not be bombarded by bad news. Each week, each day, each hour, we learn of people shooting police officers, tsunamis, earthquakes, clashes at Standing Rock, contested election results, threats of lawsuits and all manner of other maladies.
So it has been very refreshing to us to report on some local efforts of people to help their fellow mankind.
A week ago, we were priveleged to tell the story of Glencoe’s community Thanksgiving meal and its impact on the people of the community on one of those most family-oriented holidays of the year.
This year, Barb Magnuson tells us, the volunteers at the meal served 148 people, a record number, and collected $824 for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf.
And, each year, we’ve chronicled the efforts of Minnesota Nice, a local drive to provide soldiers with care packages while their away from their families over the holidays. Again, a trio of ladies in Glencoe — Linda Krueger, LaDonna Stuber and Colleen Benjamin — have coordinated the collection of goods to send to those soldiers, brightening an otherwise dreary existence for many of them.
This week, GSL elementary students announced they are collecting gifts for the McLeod County Christmas Project, a way of helping out their neighbors and friends.
Once again this year, the Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to monitor the kettle bell at Coborn’s. The Salvation Army, though a national organization, has come through time and time again for local people in need.
As we scan the upcoming happenings, we note over and over that the only cost is a freewill donation to a food shelf, a Christmas project, or other worthy project.
So, even as we are bombarded with bad news, we need just to look around to see that there is still plenty of good to be found — especially right here in our own backyards.
Thanks to all who take time out of the busyness of the holiday season to serve a meal, buy an extra gift, throw some change or a few dollars into a kettle, or bring an item for the food shelf to their favorite holiday event. Your efforts are appreciated by many.
— L.C.