Donate your time this holiday season

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CKNJ Editorial Board

Gail Godsey said it best in Monday’s front page story on the upcoming “Hearts To Help” benefit concert for the Taylor County Food Pantry.

“Christmas is a time of giving, and what better way to launch the Christmas season than giving to our neighbors?”

Considering the economic hardships many of us are under these days, charitable donations are even more important. And there are many ways to give to those in need in Taylor County.

Campbellsville University and the Taylor County Ministerial Association will host the food pantry concert this Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. The Pleasant Union Baptist Church Choir will be caroling from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. as guests arrive in the foyer.

The concert features Vicki Bishop, the “Saved by Grace Trio,” featuring Lisa Gupton, Debbie Underwood and Nancy Walters, Daryl and Anita Gardner and Family, the Living Grace Church Band and “From the Heart.”

There is no admission fee. An offering will be taken for the food pantry.

Food Pantry volunteer Marietta Moyers said the money raised will be used to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for needy families. Requests for the dinners are made through the Holiday Help Program, applications for which are being taken now at Lake Cumberland Community Action. Call 465-6554 for more information.

Also, the local chapter of the Salvation Army is currently seeking volunteers to ring bells for the annual Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive, which begins Friday, Nov. 25. The effort ends on Christmas Eve.

All money collected in Taylor County is used to help Taylor County residents. Funds are used to help families in crisis situations such as house fires, as well as sending local children to the Salvation Army camp near Dale Hollow for a week each summer.

“When you see [a kettle with no bell ringers] that’s because we had no volunteers,” said Phyllis Rhodes, chair of the local Salvation Army chapter. “No ringers, no money. It’s that simple.”

And volunteering to ring the bell is simple. Just call 465-9880 to sign up. Volunteers can choose the days and the amount of time they give.

Don’t worry, if you can’t volunteer your time, just drop some change in those red kettles when you can.

Also, many local churches accept donations for their charitable work. Several have various benefit dinners and sales planned. Keep your eyes peeled to our Calendar Page for more on those.

So, as we speed into the hectic holiday season, take some time to remember the less fortunate. And, most importantly, do your part to help make sure everyone enjoys the holiday season.

Remember, it is more of a blessing to give than to receive.