Holiday spirit

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After last week’s editorial and story about online bullying going on in our city, we were so pleased to hear of an anonymous initiative in Williamstown where a secret “elf” is dropping off gift baskets on neighbours’ front doors in the hopes of spreading Christmas cheer.

Those warm fuzzy feelings only grew when we learned of Ralph McCall School’s Light Up a Family Christmas, a fundraiser the school has been doing for the past 18 years to “adopt” three local families through the Airdrie Lioness Hamper Foundation.

Then our hearts swelled when we found out about the Bert Church Chargers football team banding together to stuff stocking with socks, goodies and personal care items for residents at Bethany Care Centre in Airdrie.

These are the examples of what Airdrie is all about that we love to celebrate and share.

It’s easy in a world filled with a Twitter-loving world leader who seems hellbent on starting a nuclear war, tax increases and impaired drivers who are willing to put others at risk for no reason at all, to want to close up shop, avoid contact with others and just get through the day without losing your cool. But it’s stories like those above that bring hope and remind us we are not alone in this troubled world. We can make changes and help out in very simple ways.

The holidays aren’t a happy time for everyone, but if a simple act of an anonymous gift can make those people just a little happier, we’re all for it.

As the holiday season ramps up, we hope you embrace your community and help spread the love.

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