It's one of the most joyous times of the year - Christmas.
I take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each of our faithful readers.
I also invite those of you who financially can to look around you and extend a helping hand to those less fortunate this holiday season. There are many people who find themselves out of a job. Yet, they still have to fend for themselves and, in many cases, families.
It's sad to see people walking around McDuffie and Warren counties needing assistance or food, because they are hungry.
Obviously, this isn't just a problem during the holiday season. It's a problem year-round for some.
Argument can easily be made that some of these people don't try to help themselves and that they'd rather sponge off others as opposed to getting out and finding some type of work, even if it's just part-time. I know some of those people, personally.
Those folks need to understand that the world owes them nothing. Many of them are beggers or panhandlers. Some of them squander the money they are given for such things as buying of beer, wine or cigarettes.
They seem to know those that will help them get what they really want. And they always seem to use the same old line - that they are hungry. Often times, those same people won't even speak or wave to you as you pass by them on the street.
They are users of good people, like you and me.
Aside from that group, though, there are others who are trying to rebound from layoffs, etc., and just can't seem to land on their feet again.
Those are the people who I really want to help, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.
It's got to be most difficult and stressful for many of them searching for a new job, let alone to be wondering how they are going to pay their bills or provide food on the table for the next meal. I know some of those people right here in Thomson.
Still another group is fortunate to have jobs. And they work hard at them every day, but they simply don't make enough money.
Often times, they lack food for themselves and their families.
Again, those are the people that I believe need our assistance. It's important to show our love and care for those people all year round, too. Their problems aren't just short-term ones.
Because it is the Christmas season and soon will be the beginning of a New Year, it's important to reach out and help those who really need our help or to offer encouragement and advice when they need somebody to listen to them. We could all become better people as a result.