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You can make a difference all year long | In Our Opinion

January 11, 2013 · Updated 2:49 PM
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The giving this winter has been incredible.

— $30,000 for the Poulsbo Noon Lions/Raab Foundation Bellringer Fund, to meet the emergency housing and utility needs of Poulsbo-area residents in financial crisis.
— $60,000 for ShareNet’s NeighborAid, to meet the food needs of Kingston-area residents.
— $87,000 in labor and donations to build Coffee Oasis Poulsbo, to provide employment training and support for homeless and at-risk youth in North Kitsap.
— $100,000 for Ian’s Fund, to help pay some of the costs of young Ian Gunnell’s leukemia treatment.

Churches fed people who needed a meal, warmth and the companionship of others. Food banks helped people keep food on their tables, clothing in their closets and roofs over the heads.

In each case, people gave what they could. Don’t doubt that each contribution, no matter the size, counted. Collectively, this community made a real difference in the lives of hundreds, perhaps, thousands of people in North Kitsap.

While the sense of urgency grows as the holidays near and the weather turns inclement, need exists year-round. Life happens. The best we can hope for is that someone gets back on their feet and pays it forward.

The North Kitsap Herald will soon unveil a regular feature which will show you how you can make a difference in the community year-round. Whether it’s an hour of your time or an extra couple of dollars, you can help ensure that no North Kitsap resident goes without basic necessities.

Watch for our special feature and see how you can be a part of the safety net.  Collectively, we can continue to build a stronger community.

 

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