Local food pantries say their shelves are full thanks to a bevy of recent holiday donations, which tells us local folks understand the importance of giving to others in need.
But that need doesn't stop when the holidays end, and we hope the generosity of locals will continue well into the new year.
People who run food banks in York and Chester counties say they're preparing for the decrease in donations that usually happens after the Christmas season passes.
That's unfortunate because, according to these folks, it likely will mean bare walls at food banks by the end of January unless people step up with more donations.
John Williams, director of The Turning Point, a nonprofit ministry that offers clothing and food services for needy people as well as a drug and alcohol abuse program, told The Herald recently that people's generosity is still there after the holidays but "they just don't think about it."
January and February are usually the coldest months of the year, and local food pantries say their needs tend to go up then. They also say the local situation has been complicated by many recent job layoffs that have left hundreds of York and Chester county people searching for work.
With this in mind, we urge people who do have the means to make an extra effort to give of themselves as 2008 unfolds. Even if everyone just bought one extra canned good or loaf of bread at the store and gave them to a local food bank, it would make a big difference.
These things might not seem like much to some people, but for others they could be the difference between going to bed hungry or going to bed satisfied.
We hope local residents won't lose that giving spirit when the calendar turns to a new year.
Holiday bounty won't last, area food banks tell us.
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