Christmas is finally here, and many of us in Woodburn can rest assured in the fact that many needy families are having a bright holiday because of the efforts of many volunteers.

So many business, organizations and individuals reached out, emptied their wallets, kitchen cabinets and more to help provide Christmas boxes for needy families in the region.

Love,?Santa served 322 families and was able to give two toys each to 862 children. St. Vincent de Paul served 150 families. Sacred Heart Food Bank in Gervais also supplied food to those in need.

Love, Santa provided the Independent with a list of 75 organizations and individuals who donated time, money and goods to the efforts of the nonprofit. It would be difficult to thank each and every one of them, but the sentiment is clear:?When the holidays come, the Woodburn area steps it up and serves the community.

Now that the holidays are winding down, let’s not forget that giving spirit. Let’s be just as willing to donate to the food bank in late January as we were in December; let’s be as willing to hold a sock and shoe drive for a local clothes closet; let’s be ever-mindful that there are needy people in the Woodburn area. They don’t just need our help during the holidays, but throughout the year.

Let’s continue that Christmas spirit as we move forward into 2014.

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