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Toy drive for the holiday  

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I hate to get too philosophical or sappy here, but we’re getting to the season where family and friends celebrate each other and all that they have, so why not? I ask that you indulge me. 

It is my belief that we are put here on this planet to make the world a better place for other people. Help a friend. Help a neighbor. Even help an enemy. Ask yourself, “What can I do to make someone else’s day better?” None of that is always easy, but I think it’s our responsibility to do our best to live by the Golden Rule — to treat others as you would like to be treated.

It is in that vein that the Courier is launching a toy drive in conjunction with its upcoming renewal season. As many of you know, all subscriptions to the Courier print edition come due at the end of the calendar year; it’s been a longstanding tradition that we continue to embrace.

Why not, we figured, take advantage of the foot traffic that will be coming through our front office door and invite the public to help us help others? With the Christmas season not far out, and with a local food pantry that has been helping families in need for many years, this is the perfect opportunity to make other people’s lives better. 

So here’s the deal. Stop by the Courier office sometime between now and Friday, Dec. 1, and drop off a toy that will be delivered to the Freeman Food Pantry the following week. Even if you’re not planning to subscribe or renew your paper, stop by anyway with a toy and be part of the goodwill. 

There are just a few rules we ask you observe.

We’re calling for donations of new toys as opposed to used, and we’re certainly not asking you to spend a lot of money. If you need a little direction, consider $10 to $25 to be your target price. Bring in one or bring in many; they’ll all donate the same. And please deliver your gifts unwrapped.

As a little incentive to “be the good,” with the donation of a toy, we will enter your name into a drawing for $100 in Freeman Bucks that will be available Monday, Dec. 11. Hey, who couldn’t use a little extra cash around the holidays? 

So that’s the deal. Bring in a doll, model car kit, set of colored pencils and a coloring book, board game, football, headphones, book, stuffed animal, or even an article of new clothing. 

We, of course, have no idea how this will go, but we’re hoping for a big response from a generous Freeman community. We have always done well in supporting each other in various ways both big and small, and this is a great platform to really make a dent in a world that has just as much need as it does want. 

And one more thing. Please buy locally. By doing so we really are helping each other out, and isn’t that what this season to come — and this life — is all about?