By Mayor Charlene Lovett
While we may envision a holiday season like those captured in Rockwell paintings, the reality is often quite different from year to year. If all is well, it is a time of joy and celebration. If health, money or relationships are an issue, it can be a challenging time. The miracle of the season is the ability of individuals to move beyond their personal circumstances to touch the lives of others in a positive way.
We see these miracles unfolding every day. This season, a community member used her talents to decorate store fronts with winter displays for all to enjoy. Students stuffed stockings to make the holiday better for other children. Organizations within the private sector donated resources to help those in need.
These are just a few of the more visible acts of kindness this season. Countless others have occurred outside the public’s attention, affecting others in a manner that only the recipients can truly measure. Whether we have found ourselves on the giving or receiving end, our lives have been enriched.
To all who have participated in these acts of kindness, thank you. Your efforts have not only helped others, but made us a better community. May you and your family enjoy the best that this season has to offer.
Charlene Lovett is the Mayor of Claremont and welcomes your feedback. Please email questions comments or concerns to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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