EdItorial: Let’s extend the season of giving

The Christmas season is often referred to as the season of giving.

In that regard, the season of giving is officially past us, but community needs remain. As a new year’s resolution, why not extend the season of giving?

In many ways, it’s easier now than it was last month.

For many of us (dare we say the majority), Christmas Day consisted of a wardrobe expansion. A new sweater here, a new winter jacket there, and the staple: socks.

But how many of us have purged our dressers and closets to make room for the new acquisitions?

If you resolved to help others this year, here’s your first chance. Go into your closet, remove anything that you have not worn in the past 12 months, sack it, and drop it off at the Salvation Army, or another local charity in place to help the less fortunate in our community.

How many scarves are stuffed on the upper shelf of your front hallway closet? Toques? Gloves? They can all be put to good use.

It’s a simple task, really – and a way to help others at no cost to yourself.

With a colder than usual winter, the need for warm clothing is greater than it has been in recent memory.

The emergency shelter is full most nights, and the Comox Valley Salvation Army community ministries director Brent Hobden assures any clothing or blankets donated will be put to good use.

Clients of the Comox Valley Transition Society often leave their abusive relationships with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. The CVTS is in constant need of living essentials for women and children.

And the CVTS thrift shop, Too Good To Be Threw (367 Sixth St.)  will make good use of any electronics now shelved in your home, after being upgraded at Christmas.

Don’t be a talker; take action. Extend the season of giving.