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Gift giving year round

Christmas is coming when people’s thoughts turn to giving and getting. It is really the holiday when the Birth of Jesus is celebrated but with commercialism hanging high and heavy over everyone’s head, most thoughts are on buying, giving and receiving.

The Pulaski Church of Christ recently had gif givers dressed in jeans, overalls, caps and varied shirts delivering gifts of furniture to needy folks who suffered from the April tornadoes that struck Pulaski and Pulaski County.

Gifts included much needed furniture items, appliances, food and cleaning supplies provided by the Newbern Road Church. The church has given more than $245,000 worth of items since the storms struck.

Last week’s latest gifts went to two families on the southwest area of the town, one of whom said “I am blessed.’

Those who received are blessed and those who gave and continue to give are blessed. The Bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive, a lesson most people feel is a bit skewed.

Among us are givers and takers. Many of those who give do so anonymously, with no thought of praise, reward or return.

On the other hand are those takers who feel they are owed everything. Those people will be with us as long as humanity inhabits the earth.

When tragedy strikes, such as fires, tornadoes, hurricanes and similar incidents, the takers come out of the woodwork with palms up and hands open.

The truly needy are to be cared for. Those who would not work in the proverbial pie shop are a different situation.

Blessings and thanks to this congregation, all other churches and groups, individuals, corporations and others who gave and continue to give.

This community can never repay all those hours of labor, goods and concern bestowed on us.

Thanks seem so small, but it is genuine.

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