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Salvation Army Bell Ringer Robin Crate rings the bell as he greets customers going into Belk in December 2018.

There is much in this world and in our own community bemoan — hunger, homelessness, poverty. But there is much more to celebrate — fellowship, help, action and organizations.

First and foremost, we’re thankful for you, the reader, and for our local advertisers. For 150 years, the three of us have partnered to provide the Red River Valley a daily newspaper, and though times are changing, that partnership remains strong.

Christians in Actions’ Thanksgiving meal Tuesday was a great reminder of just how beautiful and diverse our community really is. More than 500 people came out and around 700 plates of food were served at the annual Thanksgiving meal, which coordinator Melissa Wickersham said is the largest turnout for the event she’s ever seen.

Although it was just one meal, it was a reminder of hard the organization and others work at combating hunger in the region. The Downtown Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, New Hope Center and others work to make sure our hungry are fed. It’s a challenge, especially given that wages have failed to keep up with costs of living here, and these organizations appreciate every ounce of help they get. Perhaps the best news of all is that they get quite a bit of help.

We also give thanks to our emergency responders, hospital staffs, retail workers, restaurant staffs and gas station attendants who worked through the Thanksgiving holiday. The world today is “always on,” and anyone who worked — from the patroling police officer to the waittress who served them — gave up time at home to be of service to those who needed them.

We’re also thankful for the myriad of upcoming events — Christmas in Fair Park on Dec. 6-7; Spirit of Giving in Bogata on Dec. 8; Wassail Fest on Dec. 14; and the various productions that will help us usher in a Merry Christmas. A lot of work goes into making a community feel like home, and we thank all of those involved.

Here’s to the start of a great December, the last month of the decade.

Klark Byrd

The Paris News Editorial Board publishes editorials on topics of local relevance every Wednesday and Sunday.

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