Editorial: Local communities rich in the things that truly matter
The Corridor communities of Cordes Lakes, Cordes Junction, Spring Valley, Mayer and Poland Junction would not be described as wealthy if you look only at dollars. But these communities are certainly rich in caring, giving residents.
On Nov. 20, many residents filled bags of non-perishable food and put them out for Postal Service workers to pick up and deliver to St. Vincent de Paul and other food banks. Thanks to generous donors, many people in need enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner and food for every day that they might not otherwise have.
Last Tuesday, four local churches got together and for the fourth year, served a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings at the Mayer Jr/Sr High School. Volunteers were cheerful and busy, making the hundreds of people who attended feel welcome. They also invited local firefighters and law enforcement to enjoy the meal.
One Cordes Lakes resident came to tell us about a man who found out that some of his neighbors were in need of food at Thanksgiving, but were too embarrassed to ask. He approached food stores in Prescott Valley, who directed him to the Yavapai Food Bank, to which they had already donated. Before he left, he purchased several more turkeys, which, with the goods from the food bank, made generous Thanksgiving boxes for quite a few folks in the neighborhood.
Teachers and staff at Mayer Elementary School conducted a "Turkey Trot" event and raised $700 to benefit families in need.
Every one of these events was successful because each person involved simply did what they could. They gave a bit of money or food, or donated their time to serve or clean up or deliver food boxes.
Meeting the needs of others doesn't take a lot of money, or even a lot of time. It just requires taking note of those around you, who may need help but won't ask for it. It takes giving just a little extra food or money for someone else who doesn't have the basic needs of life. Need, and loneliness, seem to weigh more heavily during the holidays.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, look around and see how you might make Christmas a little better for someone in need. One way is to pick a Christmas angel off Cora's tree at the B. Alan Hair Studio in Cordes Lakes, and fulfill a child's wish.
We're rich in the Corridor communities, in those things that truly matter.