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Editorial: Seasons Of Giving

Usually around this time, there are many complaints about how the holiday season has become too commercialized and people are too focused on getting gifts to appreciate the real meaning of the holidays, but I wonder if those criticisms are warranted on Long Island this year.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen photo after photo of people of all ages pitching in to buy, pack and ship all kinds of clothing and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, all on a volunteer basis. Some people contributed as part of an organized project for school or a religious organization, while others simply took money out of their own pockets and asked what was needed. Either way, the silver lining of the Superstorm and its aftermath was watching so many people in the community be giving of their time, money and energy to help those who needed it.

While there will still be plenty to do in the new year to continue to help hurricane victims rebuild and move forward, at this time of year, it’s wonderful to see the spirit of giving manifest in such a tangible, eminently practical way. Happy Holidays to everyone in the community from the Syosset-Jericho Tribune.