EDITOR'S COLUMN | Snapping to my senses: giving is never a tired topic

Early in the morning is a great time to write. 6 a.m. is best as no one is around and the blank page feels like an open road and the keyboard Ford’s soon-to-be-released Mustang.

Yet, on Tuesday morning the topic of this column was still undecided. Giving during the holidays had been the plan but the inspiration simply wasn’t there. Thinking that people must be tiring of hearing about the need to give — one of the more common editorial threads in December — the idea was about to be abandoned when I received a bit of inspiration.

Audrey Neubauer is an 11th grader who grew up on Whidbey Island but is now attending school in Seattle. She wrote to The Record about a project she hatched two years ago to collect books and funds for a struggling school library. Now in her third year, she’s expanding her mission in hopes of helping additional elementary schools.

Just after her email, a second arrived concerning 4-year-old Weston John Dill of Clinton. For over a month, he’s been collecting coats, scarves, hats, and gloves for homeless children at the Everett Gospel Mission women and children’s shelter.

Sounds like typical South Whidbey kids to me. This community simply breeds the spirit of giving and Audrey and Weston are just two of a hundred great examples. Just try and count all the nonprofits and charities south of Coupeville — it will take all day!

I won’t try that here but there are one or two that should be mentioned, beginning with Good Cheer. As always, the food bank is collecting food and needs donations. It serves an average of 850 families each month, with that number increasing in the winter.

Staying warm with adequate winter wear is another simple necessity easily taken for granted. People out there are shivering and need our help.

Fortunately, South Whidbey makes giving to those with less pretty headache-free. Donating food can be done in person at Good Cheer in Langley or with a monetary donation online at http://goodcheer.org/donate/ It also accepts clothes, as do a host of other thrift shops on the South End.

You can also donate while you shop at the Bayview Holiday Market. Winter wear for children is being collected at the seasonal venue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

Resting on our laurels or being “too busy” to make it to the food bank this year is easy to do. Surely we’ve all done it at one time or another. Thankfully, we have young people like Audrey and Weston who snap us back to our senses and remind us of what’s really important, that giving is never a tired topic.

If you have used elementary level-books or wish to donate in another way, you can contact Audrey at audreyneubauer@gmail.com

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