Welcome in new year with good news

Published 12:02 am Monday, December 29, 2014

The holiday season brought the caring nature of our community front and center last week.

Before we prepare for the week ahead, take a look back at some highlights from the week:

Nearly 300 local children received Christmas gifts as part of the annual Natchez Children’s Christmas Tree fund and the Santa Claus Committee. After parading through town, Santa arrived at Braden Auditorium where he distributed bags of presents to children ages 1 through 10, who were selected by Catholic Charities. The tradition is a staple of the Natchez holidays and one we’re glad to see continue.

Email newsletter signup

Employees of the local office of the United States Postal Service continued an annual tradition by collecting presents for needy families and having Santa distribute them to the families. Organizers received a grant from Walmart and postal employees donated money, which the postal employees’ labor union matched, to go toward the gifts. The three families were selected with the help of coworkers, relatives, community members and the Natchez Children’s Home Services. We thank the postal workers for continuing to help families in need during the holidays.

Natchez residents Becky and Michael Anderson open their hearts and house to people in the community who need a place for Christmas, a tradition the couple has done for more than nine years. The act of generosity is one the couple says they will continue because of their strong feelings to help others who may not have anything of their own. We’re glad to see such community members willing to give so much to those in need.

Part of the holiday season has come and gone, but don’t let that stop you from keeping the good news coming as we ring in the New Year this week.