Editorial: Remember those less <br>fortunate this holiday season<br>

With the yellow leaves and crisp, cool air also comes the holiday season. Williams, like so many small communities, is known for coming together and for its generosity.

As the holiday season gears up, there’s always a concerted effort to make this a festive season for those too strapped to pursue holiday activities on their own.

Until the end of the year, the News will make every effort to publicize as many holiday events as possible. We encourage local service groups to let us know what they have planned as soon as possible.

A list of worthy local causes follows:

• Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority will be sending out Christmas boxes containing cookies, candy and holiday goodies to individuals in the military.

Local residents who have friends and relatives in the armed services can forward names and addresses to Dorothy Miller, 635-4330, or they can leave their information at National Bank.

• The Williams branch of the Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers for its December fund-raising drive, and donations are crucial for the needy in town. Remember, all the funds raised stay right in Williams to help our own.

Anyone who wants to volunteer or make an early donation can call Linda Russell, at 635-4419, or Carol DeLander at 635-4426.

• The Williams Emergency Food Bank is looking for items to be distributed to needy families in the Williams area during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Many items, such as canned goods, non-perishable items, dry goods, turkeys and hams, are still needed.

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce is helping the food bank this year with preparing food baskets and boxes. If you would like to provide a holiday dinner for a family, contact Diana Croteau at 635-1418.

Items can also be dropped off at 529 W. McPherson St. For more information, contact Georgia Bowman, food bank director, at 635-9385.

Also, anyone who knows of someone stranded in Williams can get assistance for them rolling by calling Williams Police Department at 635-4461.

• This year, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, along with First Baptist Church, the Williams Police Department, Inspired Originals, Wicks, Wax and Wonders, the Red Lake Store and Gifts and Avon Collectibles is selling stuffed puppies as gifts for children in need.

The stuffed puppies may be purchased for $16.99 and will be given to whomever you choose. Proceeds from the sales will go toward additional toys to be given to needy children in the area.

For more information, contact Virginia Quinn at 635-0677.

There might be other groups or individual efforts underway in Williams the News has overlooked, but not intentionally. There are still five editions of the paper prior to Christmas. Just let us know. We’ll be happy to spread the word about your charitable endeavors.

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