Holiday season bringing out the best in Central Carolina

Dec. 13, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

With the news of the "Fiscal Cliff" taking center stage in our national news, it's nice to hear of the "good news" that often goes overlooked.

Take, for example, the photograph in Wednesday's Herald of Boy Scout Troop 941 from First Baptist Church. The group spent about four hours cleaning up around the Endor Iron Furnace on Saturday.

It's a project that had to be done by hand and using small tools — certainly not an enviable chore.

Bob Brickhouse represented the Railroad House Museum for the Scout project. Others involved included Spencer Magee, Michael Petrie, Christian Johns, Mason Magee, Wyatt Garner, Alex Marine, Austin Johns, Robert Petrie, Brad Johns, Jason Hector, John Crumpton and Michael Crumpton.

That's just one example of the abundant giving spirit within our community this holiday season. Many of you have donated your time, manning the Salvation Army kettles, purchasing gifts for area angel trees as part of the Salvation Army's "Joy" program, and doing kind deeds to help the less fortunate.

If you're in a giving spirit this Christmas, there are plenty of ways to help — including financially to many worthy causes and nonprofits. That giving Christmas spirit certainly is alive and well here in Central Carolina.

To those of you who have opened your kind hearts to helping others, may the joy of Christmas be with you today and forevermore.