Most adults stopped believing in Santa Claus years ago. That's a shame.
He really exists, you know. At least, that's what his helpers have led me to believe.
I see them frequently at this time of the year. Some of them are ringing bells at Salvation Army kettles. Others are sitting at tables where throngs of shoppers pass by, sometimes - but not frequently enough - stopping to drop a dollar into a jar or box.
They're collecting money and toys for needy children right here in the Ohio Valley.
Some of these children have stopped believing in Santa Claus. Others, usually the very young, still hold out hope that special toy or perhaps a new coat - warm and pretty, like the other kids have - will be under the Christmas tree. If there is one, that is. Some children don't even have that.
We live in the most prosperous nation on the face of the earth. It can be difficult to accept that some American children don't have much. But for many reasons, ranging from unemployed parents to broken homes where putting food on the table is tough, some little ones don't have much.
It's Christmas, neighbors. Children ought to have something special on the Big Day. Yours will. Why not all of them?
Hundreds of Northern Panhandle and East Ohio residents will be working hard during the next couple of weeks to ensure that every little boy and girl in our area has something nice on Christmas morning.
Please help them.
If for no other reason, do it for yourself.
For many years - purely out of selfish motives - I've made it a point to donate to some of the organizations that provide toys, warm clothes and other nice things for children at Christmas.
On Christmas morning, I take a moment or two to reflect that somewhere in the Ohio Valley, a few little boys and girls are giggling with joy - at least smiling broadly - because I helped.
Then I thank the Lord I was able to do so - and I smile. There is no other feeling like it.
If you've done it, you know what I mean. If you haven't, you really should try it.
This year, do something to make certain local children believe in Santa Claus.
And, if you like, indulge in a "ho, ho, ho" yourself.
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