Season of giving

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Here we are at the intersection of the holidays, the train wreck of state governance and the needs of local agencies which provide services and support to our neighbors with needs.

We keep reporting on the cascading impact of the failure of Illinois politicians to pass a budget, to fund services in mental health and education, the needs of kids and elders that we rightly expect and willingly pay taxes for our civilized society to provide.

But in the meantime, as the bickering and the nonsense continue in Springfield, we enter a time of year when we think more readily of giving, when we are more open to thoughts of humble beginnings and the universality of human challenge.

Wednesday Journal and the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation have partnered to help our readers see the opportunities and the needs in our communities for holiday giving.

We started back in October with our annual Community of Caring which profiled more than a dozen agencies and told the stories of individuals whose lives have been bettered through those services.

And now we are in to a Season of Giving, a weekly section running right through Christmas. Each week you can read about these local agencies, their services and even short essays about neighbors who find ways to donate their money or their time to make lives better, our community stronger.

Spend a moment with this week's section (pages 16-19). Find the sweet spot for you and your family, and consider a donation. The amount really doesn't matter. Generosity isn't about wealth, it is about giving what is possible.

Local giving is not a replacement for government doing its job. But it is a necessary part of the equation. 

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