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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: When you think of everything that so many people do this time of year, it’s kind of unreal

  • Yet another email arrived in the Times newsroom one day last week. Attached to it was one of those photos that we mostly dread receiving because it contained nary a single human being. People buy newspapers, you see, they subscribe to newspapers. People like to see people in photos in those newspapers.
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  •     Yet another email arrived in the Times newsroom one day last week. Attached to it was one of those photos that we mostly dread receiving because it contained nary a single human being. People buy newspapers, you see, they subscribe to newspapers. People like to see people in photos in those newspapers.   
        Instead, the photo featured a collection of toys and other wrapped gifts, and taped to a wall was a “Thank you!” sign.   
        It was from Tara Miller, who’s the social worker in Crookston’s public schools. In her email, she wrote that the items in the photo represented the donations of school district staff and community members. As a result of all that generosity, Miller wrote, over 90 children this Christmas will receive not only toys and gift cards, but food, too.   
        Was this yet another new effort to capitalize on people’s generous spirits during the season of giving, a follow-up email to Miller wondered? She excitedly replied, saying...well, let’s let Tara speak for herself: “It is the 4th annual... it grows every year! It began with a tree at Highland and last year we added one at Washington. Church groups and staff members’ extended families have heard about it and contact me for tags. It’s crazy how big it has grown and just through word of mouth because I don't advertise it as a project or anything. The response is humbling to say the least. My dad and I deliver the gifts on the weekend after school gets out. It is a very positive school vibe from the givers to the receivers.”   
        So there you have it, the community stepping up yet again at Christmastime. Today’s Times features so much of this spirit on display, one almost has to wonder if it’s too much of a good thing, or if too few people are being asked too many times to give too much. But then the generosity just keeps on flowing one Christmas season after another, and eventually one figures out that people give and give again because they’re able to and they want to.   
        Toys for Tots...the gift goal shattered again. The new “I Care” effort coordinated by Tri-Valley...gifts donated and distributed. Trinity Lutheran Church’s Food Basket Program...whether it was sixth-graders buying food with their own money or dozens of volunteers filling the Crookston Armory last Friday, an impressive effort all around. That’s just three examples.   
    Page 2 of 2 -     It’s not just Christmas, either. Our United Way is on a roll, thanks to the community’s generosity. The Crookston Area Community Fund is off and running after meeting its initial goal necessary to make it an endowed fund. The good just goes on and on, and you can never have enough of that.    
        Well done, Crookston, and thank you.   
        Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year, too.

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