Consider This: Volunteering in 2006

JANUARY 10, 2006 -- It's that time when we all look forward to the hope and promise of a new year. Yet, few of us realize that we, ourselves, are the best hope for the coming year.

2005 was difficult for many people both here and abroad. Tragedies like hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis tend to bring out the best in people. Volunteers rushed to the aid of the thousands of people who were affected. Even more donated millions of dollars to help those less fortunate.

This coming year, keep that spirit alive. In the Cape Fear region, there are hundreds of organizations that do good work and need volunteers to contribute their time. Whether you volunteer with your school, your place of worship, or a community organization like the Red Cross or Salvation Army, share your time and talents in 2006.

We've posted links to a number of worthy organizations on our website that would be grateful for your help. Remember, it's up to each of us to make our communities and the world a better place.

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