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Editorial: Giving thanks for the little things

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 20:12

 

There are many things to be thankful for every day of your life. Even the smallest blessing should be counted as something extraordinary and not be taken for granted. Hence the reason for the Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate tomorrow.

While we are at home grubbing on turkey and stuffing enjoying our families company there are some people who don’t get that same experience.

For some families it is hard trying to afford the basic necessities, plus adding gifts on top of that with this economy, is rough.

It is essential for Citrus College to find a way to give back to the community during the holidays.

The Associated Students of Citrus College is currently holding their annual food and toy drive this year until Dec. 10.

Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to contribute nonperishable food and unwrapped toys, which can be dropped off at any decorated food and toy drive boxes located throughout campus.

The boxes can be found in the Administration Building’s lobby, the cosmetology salon, Learning Resources Center, math lab, and in the Hayden Memorial Library.

The donations will be put to good use. The money will be going to agencies such as YWCA-WINGS(Women in Need Growing Strong) that provides services to domestic violence victims and Foothill Unity Center, a nonprofit organization that delivers food to families in need.

The goal is to collect 5,000 cans of food or toys. In southern California, food and toy drives can have an amazing impact and add a little more happiness to the families.

One of the biggest things we should be grateful for is family. Whether they are related to us biologically or choice, these people are here to help us.

The fact that we have made it this far is because we have pushed ourselves to be where we are now, but we have not done it alone. No matter if there are no gifts under the tree; we will always have family, friends, or both—no matter how cheesy that sounds.

We should never take the things we have for granted. There are people out there who can’t afford necessities that other families have.

Being able to have an education and go to a community college or a university is a great thing. So when you do drop off your canned goods and toys, know that you are bringing joy to a family that needs it. But don’t forget all the things that you have in your life as well.

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful. On this national holiday and every day, we give thanks, especially for the little things.

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