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Finding the Christmas spirit


December 26, 2013
On and off for the past several weeks this editorial space has had been highlighting The Giving Tree, a joint effort between the Valley Roadrunner, Valley Center Pauma Unified School District and the local community. This week's editorial is no different.

The Giving Tree is a long-standing program in our town focusing on providing gifts to the children of the area who may not receive a gift this holiday season without the generosity of the local community. While I was unsure how I would find the time to pull the program together when I was first approached to take part, I jumped in anyway, and boy, am I glad I did!

Our community came out in full force to help those who are less fortunate this holiday season, donating almost 150 gifts to those children in need. I would be remiss if I did not thank the people of Valley Center for making the season a little bit brighter for those kids. There are some people who I would especially like to shine the spotlight on.

Maggie Brodin over at the school district office was instrumental in making this happen; she held my hand and guided me through the process. Donna Weldon offered me some much needed insight into the tremendous influx of gifts we would have and the Valley Center Optimist Club came through in a big way by supplying more than 50 gifts to put under the Giving Tree.

To the wonderful staff here at the Roadrunner, Michael Crane and Eileene Elmore, thanks for helping to hand out those presents and for being willing to go that extra mile to make this happen. Of course, I also want to thank you, the readers, for pulling out all the stops and bringing in those gifts and cash donations to ensure no one goes without this Christmas. Without you, we never would have been able to make near the impact we did on those young kids' lives.

Now, I don't know about you, but for me, the kind actions of the people in Valley Center through the Giving Tree program certainly have given me the Christmas spirit.

Christmas is about so many different things to so many people. For some of us, it is a celebration of the birth of our loving Lord and Savior, for others, it is about emotions, traditions and even expectations. But, no matter what your belief system, the one thing I think we can all agree on is there is nothing quite like the excitement of a child on Christmas morning running down the stairs full of delighted anticipation to see what Santa has left them under the tree.

Thanks to your participation in this year's Giving Tree, there will be a lot more of that going on in Valley Center this Christmas.

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