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‘The Gift’ truly a gift of love PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
This Christmas, more than 70 families in the Imperial area who might not have had a Christmas will experience not only Christmas but the love from a community brought forth through “The Gift” program.
The year marks the fourth year the community and churches have banded together to help those less fortunate during the holiday season via “The Gift” program.
Churches and school personnel worked together to help determine who needed a “gift” of love this Christmas season.
Churches shared the needs of the individuals and families with their members who then picked up the torch.
Gift lists were made and filled and will be delivered this holiday season.
Organizers said the outpouring of donations in the form of gifts, food and money has been nothing short of amazing.
The FFA chapter donated fruit. The food pantry donated canned foods. Bountiful Baskets provided fresh produce. Reaching out to the website resulted in the donation of 50 black and orange fleece blankets. And the list goes on and on.
At a time in our nation where one may not really know who or what their neighbor is, that’s not the case in Imperial, Nebraska or Small Town USA.
Organizers of “The Gift” expressed their appreciation at how the community has pulled together to help those less fortunate than themselves. Was there ever a doubt?
While we’re especially mindful of the needs of others during this season of giving, we need to remember the needs of the less fortunate go on year-round and does not end with the holiday season.
For those of us who still want to lend a helping hand, Gift organizers suggest looking for people we know need a gift of love and then acting on it. That gift could be anywhere from a visit or a plate of cookies to buying their groceries or paying their utilities.
The gift of paying it forward symbolizes the gift of love.


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