What was troubling me and waking me at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 21 just when the earth began its shift promising longer days?
I was troubled by the column in the December 20 Sopris Sun “For whom the bell tolls.”
First, I pause to thank the leadership of our Sopris Sun in efforts to raise the funds to keep it shinin, and to provide a chance for opinions. We have articulate reporters. We are a “small town filled with wonderful big-hearted people who call it home” as Staff Writer Megan Tackett penned.
She, though, avoids donating to the Salvation Army which she says has “actively lobbied against the LGBTQ+ community.”
I rang the Salvation Army Bell this season to help our local Rotary Club who assumes this seasonal task and have I observed “wonderful big hearted people.”
Since the Sun opinion piece (which kept me awake Dec. 21), I have learned the following: The Salvation Army has in fact opened its doors to the LGTBQ+ community. In fact the organization has built a dormitory in Las Vegas for young people so defining themselves as they are at risk for substance abuse, suicide and community reprisals.
This information comes from their website which describes a multitude of other ways this organization helps provide food and shelter.
In ringing the bell in the market I observe that our community during this season becomes so much more than our individual circle of friends.
It is all ages and backgrounds, some born here, some just arrived — all with unique needs with the need to eat being one we all share when we go to the market.
The sign hanging above Salvation Army bucket reads “need knows no season” and yet it is only during this time of year the Salvation Army uses “face time” to raise funds.
What we gather with dimes to dollars remains in our community and as long as funds last extends the season to help those unable to meet some basic needs.
So I have Hope that our community will thrive on what we share in common, our Sopris Sun, our market, our Rotary Club, our generosity. I received a flyer titled “Despite Perils, Decide to Hope” written by author Anne Lamott would like to conclude with a quote from her: “Hope is sometimes a decision we won”t bog down in analysis paralysis. We show up in waders with checkbooks. We send money to India, and the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists and to Uncle Ed’s ‘GO fund Me Account’ for his surgery.”
And I hope we also continue help the Salvation Army with a big thank you to all who put something in the Salvation Army bucket in 2018.
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