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December 14, 2008 at 4:48 PM

Declining holiday donations

Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times

Carloads of Christmas-light fans cruise the streets and offer cash or nonperishable food items when they pass the group of neighbors gathered around a fire collecting donations for the Mountlake Terrace food bank.

Just give

Editor, The Times:

After reading a story in The Seattle Times about the shortfall this season for the annual Toys for Tots drive [“Toys for Tots hoping for Christmas miracle,” News, Dec. 7], I have a message for you: Give.

Be generous this winter. Help out those less fortunate — and there are always those less fortunate.

I know it is hard at this time of year, particularly with worries about job layoffs and mortgage payments on top of the usual holiday stress, but now is the best time to give, to donate, to help. Forget yoga and meditation — giving is the best way to make yourself feel better this season. Nothing beats the feeling of scraping together a little extra and finding a worthwhile cause to which you can donate.

If you find yourself thinking that your $5 or $10 can’t really make a difference, think about it like voting. Although your vote, or your donation, might not make a huge impact, it is important because it is important to you. It empowers you. It makes you feel good. It gives you something back. Give for that reason alone.

This holiday season, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, find something you can sacrifice: a couple of lattes, a tank of gas, a special treat. Instead, use that money to contribute. Find a charity and help someone who needs you.

Help a child keep the magic of the holiday a little bit longer when they find a gift under their tree.

— Neely Stratton, Lynnwood

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