FROM THE PUBLISHER: Sierra Sun helps honor charity in community |

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Sierra Sun helps honor charity in community

“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

– Bob Hope

It seems to me that the politicians of our great country had the right idea, giving us two weeks after Election Day to transition to the holiday season.

For the months leading up to the elections, we have been focused on issues within our communities and within our nation. The topics of discussion at our dinner tables and over drinks with our friends have revolved around what is right or wrong about particular initiatives or candidates.

This year, however, we’ve had a difficult time with our usual transition to the holidays because of the presidential election hanging in the balance. Nonprofit organizations across the country are seeing a more difficult time this year stocking their pantries and getting the dollars needed to create holidays for those less fortunate. Some cite the focus of the election, others that donations from large business are off.

The residents of our communities on the North Shore and in Truckee have always been generous and supported our local nonprofit agencies. Full time residents and second homeowners alike pitch in year-round to help stock the shelves of Project MANA or donate to organizations such as Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation or the Parasol Foundation.

During this holiday season, the Sierra Sun is running a news series entitled “Holiday Wishes” to help profile the work these and other nonprofit groups do in our communities. We hope that this series will introduce you to those that work behind the scenes to make our communities whole. We also hope that this series will make you choose to volunteer time or dollars to help feed, educate or make our communities a better place to live.

Bob Hope is right: we all need charity in our hearts to make this world a better place.

And, thanks to the residents of our community for taking the time to care.

Mary Jurkonis is the publisher of the Sierra Sun.

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