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December 2007: Happy Holy-Days!

           With holidays often comes heightened awareness of those around us who are not going to have a happy holiday.
            The word “holiday” comes from “holy day”.  One does not have to refer to or believe in any particular religion to respect others and to reflect on life and on peace with our neighbors during such times. 
            During this season of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and Eid al-Adha and Muharram, please really try to “see” your neighbor.  That includes those less fortunate. 
            December 5, 2007, is International Volunteer Day.  Try to do something that Wednesday with your local school, community or hospital.  You don’t have to spend hours.  Even a little of your time will make a difference.  For example, nearly all of our food banks across the nation are experiencing a dearth of supplies, perhaps due to the economy being in the state it is in at this time, such that we cannot give the way we may have done in past years.  Volunteer to collect provisions from your family and friends and deliver them on December 5th to your local food bank.  You will make some family so happy during the holiday they then will be able to celebrate!
            December this year is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.  It’s wonderful to celebrate but just as good to be safe – and ensure our loved ones remain so.  Take the car keys from anyone who might insist on driving while under the influence of something; you are surely saving someone’s life that way!
            Be well this holy-day season!