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Record editorial: Carve out time this Thanksgiving to help those in need

On Thursday, most dinner tables in Summit County will be filled with all the customary Thanksgiving fare — turkey and stuffing and pie and enough gravy to swim in. For most of us, there will be plenty to go around.

And as November transitions into December, most families in our community will have the means to buy gifts for their children and make sure the holidays are, indeed, the happiest time of the year.

Those fortunate enough to want for little this holiday season should spend Thursday with a profound sense of gratitude. And they should recognize that the situation isn't as cheerful for many families in Summit County. Some of our neighbors will have sparse offerings on their Thanksgiving tables and will spend the next few weeks worrying about how to afford a toy or two — or a warm coat — for their children.

This Thanksgiving, in the true spirit of the day, let's commit to helping out as many of our neighbors in need as possible through the holidays and beyond. After all, what good is a day of expressing gratitude for what we have if we don't make sure others have enough, as well?

In Park City, of course, the spirit of generosity is a familiar concept. We are less than two weeks removed from Live PC Give PC, which raised more than $2.4 million for local nonprofits. And just days ago, many residents contributed to the Park City Board of Realtors' annual Park City Turkey Drive, providing Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of families, in the Wasatch Back and throughout Utah.

But in a community as prosperous as ours, there is always more we can do. Donate goods to a local food bank. Keep your eye out for blanket and winter coat drives, which will surely pop up in Park City as temperatures continue to drop. Carve out time to volunteer at one of our many nonprofits.

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For those who want to be certain their efforts will spread holiday cheer, participating in the Christian Center of Park City's Operation Hope is also a solid bet. The annual toy, book and clothing drive, which is made possible with the help of a number of organizations, provides Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise go without. Parents will get to take their children to the "toy store" to pick out presents on Dec. 19.

However you want to help, this much is certain: With many families needing assistance during the holidays, there's little reason not to pitch in.

Doubtless, most Parkites agree — and that's something we can all be grateful for this Thanksgiving.