Edit Be thankful and give

‘Tis the season to be thankful, and the season, also, to think about helping those less fortunate.

Efforts are already under way in Wilson County to gather up donations of canned goods, turkeys, toys, clothes and so on for our friends and neighbors who may have fallen on hard times for whatever reason.

Wilson County Christmas for All is gearing up for its annual project which distributes toys to children and food baskets to the elderly throughout Wilson County. The organization joins each year with the Angel Tree program in Watertown and the West Wilson Big Brothers of Mt. Juliet to see that all children in the county and those in need of food baskets have a merrier Christmas.

Donations are already being received by the Joseph Storehouse, a food ministry that serves more than 2,000 people a month.

Various companies, individuals, churches, civic groups and schools have food drives and such to benefit these two organizations as well as others, and this year is no exception.

And this year, also, is likely to be a more difficult one for many. As the economy slows, people cut back on unnecessary expenses and focus on those items that are needed. And often, many groups, such as Christmas for All, Joseph Storehouse, the Community Help Centers in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet and other such agencies sometimes lack the resources to serve their clientele.

Already, applications to Christmas for All are up 30 percent from what they were this time last year.

As you head to your favorite grocery in the next few days to buy that turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans, pick up an extra can or some other item if possible and donate it through your house of worship, school or other organization. You can also make monetary contributions to the various agencies mentioned here as well as others who strive this season to make life a little better for everyone.