Editorial: Keep the Christmas spirit alive by donating to charity<br>

• The Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority is preparing to send their annual Christmas boxes to military members from the Williams community. The servicemen and women eagerly anticipate the arrival of these boxes from home every year.

Donations are being sought for the Christmas boxes. The postage alone was nearly $350 last year. Some of the benefactors are no longer available for this year. This coupled with low ESA membership numbers has put a strain on resources for this project. If you are able to make a monetary donation or any donation of cookies or other items for the boxes, contact any ESA member.

There are probably individuals now in the military that were not in last year and some who have since been discharged. Many addresses may also have changed. ESA needs this important information.

To donate to the boxes, to change an address or to advise of a new member of the military, contact Dorothy Miller at 635-4330 or Carol DeLander at 635-4426. The boxes will be mailed on Dec. 2. Donations and address changes should be provided no later than Nov. 26.

ESA is currently taking orders for See’s Christmas candy. Proceeds from the sale benefit ESA. The candy will be delivered in time for mailing out of town. Contact Dorothy or Carol to obtain a catalog or place an order.

• The Williams Emergency Food Bank is seeking non-perishable food items to be distributed during the holiday season. Many items are still needed to complete Thanksgiving food boxes for area families.

Items needed include canned goods, non-perishable items, dry goods, turkeys and hams. Donations can be dropped off at the food bank, 529 W. McPherson Ave. For more information, contact Georgia Bowman at 635-9385.

• Volunteers for the Salvation Army of Williams will be ringing their bells the first three weekends in December. National Bank, Safeway and Stockmen’s Bank will have volunteers at their businesses ringing bells to encourage the public to donate to the Salvation Army fund. All monies donated remain in Williams to help those in need.

If you’re one of the dedicated volunteers who has braved the cold and inclement weather to ring the bell in past years, you can expect a phone call to secure a day and time that will be convenient for you this year. If you have never had the pleasure of watching individuals caught up in the holiday spirit give when there’s less than usual to give, contact Carol DeLander at 635-4426, Lindie Rodgers at 635-1314 or Carol Steffens at 635-4419.

Ringing the bell is one of the most important things anyone can do to help out this local charity. All that is required is a smile and the donation of your time. And it’s fun.

• The Williams Kiwanis Club is seeking donations of food, gifts and money to host a Holiday Celebration Dinner. The dinner will be held from 12-2 p.m. Dec. 14 at Doc Holliday’s Steakhouse. The guests of honor will be families in need. The dinner is by invitation only.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance during the dinner to pass out gifts. Anyone who wants to donate should contact Kiwanis member Jack Hadley at 635-2055.

• The Coconino County Community Services in the Williams Senior Center is seeking donations for Christmas food boxes. Millie Reed, who retired this year, still works out of the senior center less than 20 hours per week. However, you will still find Millie at the center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. because she donates the remainder of her time to what was formerly a paid 40 hour work week.

Last year under the direction of Millie, 93 boxes were distributed to local families at Christmas. Millie says she will accept anything that would make a great box. Clothing, canned goods, non-perishable items, dry goods, turkeys and hams are a few items needed for the boxes.

Donations can be dropped off at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Millie at 635-2628.

Keep the Christmas spirit alive in Williams by donating to any one of these charitable organizations. The old adage, “It is better to give than to receive” rings true this time of the year in Williams. If you have never been a part of local holiday giving, step out of your comfort zone. You won’t be disappointed. It doesn’t matter how much you have to give. Quantity is not what is important. The rewards you will personally receive will increase your own joy and appreciation of the holiday season.

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