d weather and snow is upon us. Residents are busy doing holiday shopping in Prineville's businesses. Homes are decorated in holiday cheer. The holidays are almost here.
   With that, we hope residents in their busy schedules will find the time to help out the less fortunate.
   There are a variety of ways you can make others' Christmas and New Year's a bit brighter. The Prineville Police Department and Crook County Sheriff's Office are conducting toy and food drives. St. Vincent dePaul needs canned, non-perishable food and a number of community groups have stepped up to provide food to the homeless and others.
   But what's key to remember is that the less fortunate need help year-round, not just during the holidays. We'd ask the public to take some time and drop off food at the fire station or to St. Vincent dePaul and make it a good family tradition at other times also.
   In a world beset by war, environmental problems, political troubles and other challenges, it would be nice to see residents in our small part of the world step forward and make the poor's holidays a better time of year.
   We think Prineville and Crook County residents can step up to the challenge and help others, whether it's adopting a child or an elderly person for the holidays or whether it's collecting food and toys.
   Shelby Case
   for the editorial board
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