Our citizens show a spirit of reverence, optimism for the future, generosity, caring and compassion every day of the year. But this time of year, those good qualities are on display more than ever.
Dozens of organizations and countless individuals will be offering support to people in every walk of life in our community during the coming weeks.
Some will be providing food to the less fortunate so that everyone can share a special meal.
Some of us will be helping provide gifts to children who might otherwise face only an empty stocking at Christmas.
From "Operation Christmas Child" to "Empty Stocking Fund," and "Creating Christmas Memories,” thousands of children will be served. Area churches, schools and civic clubs will provide donations and volunteer hours to help others. In addition, outreaches by our industries and businesses assure that countless families will be touched both here and around the world.
These organizations and private efforts depend on the "volunteer spirit" in all of us. Many of our neighbors will dig into their pockets to make a helpful donation.
Many of the people we all know will also set aside some time to help out.
We can all be grateful for our neighbors' spirit of generosity in time, resources and service.
Our schools, churches, civic clubs and philanthropists can reach more people because so many pitch in, now and all year long.
As we are all choosing gifts for the people we love, let's also choose to assist one or more of the many efforts to support the community we love.
The Christmas spirit really gears up in the next few days as the sights and sounds of the season come alive. MainStreet Cleveland's downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and Carols In The City begin Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.
The tree lighting is at the Courthouse Annex (the old Post Office building) on Broad Street. Then the downtown Christmas Parade follows on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.
With this festive series of events, we always remind our businesses that in Cleveland, Tennessee, our greeting is always "Merry Christmas."
In a city where the "Spirit of Giving" is so abundant, we can be thankful for many things this year.
May the season be meaningful for you and your family — and as we approach a new year, may “The City With Spirit” continue to guide our community efforts to help one another.