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Reach out to those hurting during the holidays

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By The Staff

The holiday season is supposed to be a time for good tidings and joy. But, as we all know, that is not always the case.

All too often, the holidays bring sadness and depression. Those who have lost a loved one are often reminded of that pain as Christmas, a time for spending time with our families, draws near.

To that end, local support group GriefShare is offering a "Surviving the Holidays" meeting tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. For more information on this program, see today's Calendar page.

There are also two local groups that meet year round. Compassionate Friends, an international support group for bereaved parents, meets on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Creek Side Restaurant. For more information, contact Judy Dabney at 465-2933.

The GriefShare support group meets Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church.

For more information, call Lynda S. Collins at 465-3095 or 789-9267.

In addition, economic woes can hit us all. To drive that point home, the Holiday Helpline fielded 40 percent more requests this year than last.

Organizers said they want to emphasize that the helpline is for families who would not otherwise have Christmas. The helpline is a joint effort by agencies in the community to coordinate holiday giving in order that those in need receive help and all needs are met.

We can only assume the increase in requests means more people are being hit by financial stress this year than ever before. Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue, Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department, the food pantry and several other organizations and individuals will chip in and help make sure these folks have a great Christmas.

But remember that perhaps the greatest gift we can offer is friendship. If you have a friend or neighbor who is having a tough time this holiday season, check on them. Better yet, invite them over to celebrate the holidays with you and your family. It could be the greatest gift you have ever given or received.