Nov. 10-18 is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, a time to make ourselves more sensitive to the homeless and hungry around us.
Well it doesn't happen here, a lot of people might say.
Are you sure about that?
In cities, the homeless seem more obvious. They're there, lying across steam grates and in store alcoves, huddling beneath quilts and overcoats in the cold. We don't have that here. Or do we?
Occasionally, homeless people make their way through Emmet County. There are others, though, who live here throughout the year and who have no place to live. They have to resort to living with relatives or friends, something that puts a strain on families and relationships.
Fortunately, we have resources like the Emmet County food pantry and wonderful organizations such as the Estherville Area Ministerial Association which is currently sponsoring the annual Community Christmas Project.
A total of 836 persons benefitted from the project last year, people who would have otherwise not have had nearly as good of a Christmas.
And you can help.
Donations may be made at any Estherville Area Ministerial Association church from now through Sunday, Nov. 25. New items are needed for men, women and children. Please don't wrap items since volunteers will want to inspect them for the safety of recipients. Possible items include sweatshirts and pants, shirts, shirts, T-shirts, underwear, pajamas for small children, kitchen towels, blanket sleepers, toys, games, dolls, puzzles and new books.
As always, Emmet County pulls out all the stops when it comes to helping others.
Thank you everyone for helping in the past, and let's keep up the good work.