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Your Opinion: Uplifting stories elicit thanks

Your Opinion: Uplifting stories elicit thanks

December 22nd, 2010 by Donna Bernskoetter, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

After attending Sunday Mass I looked over my list of tasks to complete for the day. Wrap gifts and make cookies were the first two listed. I thought to myself, I need to get started, but instead began looking over the newspaper. I am so glad I did. Story after story on the kindness demonstrated by various groups to the less fortunate were abundant in the Sunday's edition.

Headlines included "It's in the Bag," "Bring on T.O.Y.S.," "School demonstrates kindness of strangers," "Volunteers pack meals for malnourished kids," "Man's death doesn't stop his holiday tradition," "Free Eye Clinic will be held on December 23 or anyone unemployed and without health insurance," "CharacterPlus: Compassion."

A lump formed in my throat as I became a bit emotional, reading about the many kindnesses shown to others. Amid all the sad news stories which must be reported, the positive stories renew one's faith in the goodness of people. There are so many who have such generous hearts, and to those I want to say, "Thank you."

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many. Thank you for filling the empty stomachs of hungry people. Thank you for giving medical care to those who have no job, through no fault of their own. Thank you for supporting our soldiers who serve and defend our country, and our elderly, from whom we can learn so much. Thank you for the spirit of giving to children who otherwise would have no Christmas gifts. Thank you for helping Third World families.

May God bless you abundantly for your generous hearts. Thank you, News Tribune, for reporting so much good news. It's something we all need to read to remain optimistic in our ever-changing world.