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Help others by visiting Santa’s Village

Help others by visiting Santa’s Village

Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2008 2:08 pm
By: By Jeremy Thayer, Columnist

Stuffed like a bloated turkey, I write to you this week. Weakley County and parts abroad engulfed itself last week in the glorious event we call Thanksgiving. Consequently, many of us will work for months to lose our newly attached “party poundage.” Visiting and hugging, conversation and feasting, laughter and mirth-filled celebration of life. We held to this truly “American” festival with its candied yams and cranberry sauce, but sadly a great number didn’t. Yes, throughout this land many a person was not given the opportunity to dine or to feel the joy of thankfulness. Some of these wretched abstained at their own choice, but far too many were not even offered such a choice. I, of course, am writing about the poor and destitute — those souls who are seemingly refuse in society. We look at our economy and our unemployment rates along with our wallets and with much disdain gripe and grumble about what we have not. With this fact in mind, one could easily say at this time of year, “Are there no shelters? Are there no charities? Are there no gift baskets? Are there no toy drives?” But, in spite of all the charitable works and non-profit organizations in the world, there are never enough to fully help. Many would think, “What can I do? I’m poor myself.” Here’s something easy for you and your family to help the less fortunate at this time of year — go to Santa’s Village. Simply gather up some canned goods or unwrapped toys and go. We pay good money on Independence Day to see flashes of light and watch a vivid display of color and it’s all gone in a matter of moments. Why not go to Santa’s Village to see awesome light displays, hear festive music and ride on carnival rides, just for the benefit of others? Help the destitute at Christmas while you help yourself to all the fun. Think of it, indulge yourself with holiday mirth, while you help a child or a family that would have gotten nothing for Christmas but heartache. That sounds like a great deal to me and you don’t even have to wake up at 4 a.m. and fight rude shoppers to get it! Last week, our home was without water for two days. The well pump had broken so we could not make coffee, get a shower, or even use the bathroom. Thankfully, the repairmen came on a Sunday and replaced the pump; well in time for work on Monday. A can of green beans or a box of cereal, although common, means so much to those who have nothing — just like running water. A child with nothing who receives a toy on Christmas morning is worth much more than all the economic hardships in the entire world. A donation to Santa’s Village makes this happen. In closing, there will be many who sadly will not receive anything for Christmas…unless we do something about it! Even the most downtrodden of households can do something to help another. Please visit Santa’s Village this year and give as generously as you can. A donation, no matter how small, will be to those in need a great and powerful force of joy. Make a child smile on Christmas day and donate to Santa’s Village. Santa’s Village is located on the campus of University of Tennessee at Martin at the Ned R. McWherter Agricultural Pavilion. Its hours are: Dec. 11 5:45 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 12 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 13 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dec. 14 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 worth of canned goods, dry goods, or toys. Monetary donations are also accepted For donations for the Outback Victims’ Assistance Program, call 1-731-364-3228. Send me your comments at WCP 12.02.08


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