My Turn, Your Turn: Generosity of 2009

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I know 2009 was not a great year for many of us, but did you notice that the year ended on a high note – especially in the things that really matter?

Once again December was filled with generosity and love.  We saw it as gifts were given to programs like Toys for Tots, and of course we got to see it first hand through our partnership with the Salvation Army and our Holiday Smiles Toy Drive and Weller's Wheels.  Nearly $60,000 worth of toys and bikes were donated.

But there's more.

Hearts and bodies were warmed once again through the Coats for the Coatless project. You've heard of that program before, but this year we were also touched to hear that a group of Boy Scouts did their own coat drive and collected more than 400 hundred jackets.

We've heard of countless other examples of generosity: from churches, to schools, to privates business or offices. Each one is another story of people wanting to do their part to make their community better, and they all add up.

So when you think of it like that, 2009 wasn't such a bad year after all, and it's a great way to start off a new year of caring.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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