December 10, 2013
Remarkable things can happen when people come together for a common cause. We say it often on this page, but never often enough to convey the spirit of a community that always finds a way to come through when the call goes out.
Just look around at all the good that happens right here in Sampson County. Whether it’s supporting any number of projects that involve children, be it at Christmas or other times throughout the year; cancer awareness and prevention efforts; mission projects; benefits for the sick or less fortunate, somehow, no matter the economy, Sampsonians show their true spirit.
The Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Coat Closet was a benefactor of that generosity last month, amassing hundreds of coats and additional money to purchase more during an extended effort to help bring warmth to children and adults who would otherwise be without during the coldest months of the year.
According to Department of Social Services leaders, school officials and staff with the Sampson County Crisis Center, agencies which deal daily with the growing needs in our own community, the coats would certainly go to good use across the county.
The economic downturn that has impacted people across the area for the past few years is still being felt, meaning for many that coats are simply a luxury they cannot afford, not for their children nor for themselves.
And even those fortunate enough to have a coat either are wearing one that cannot be zipped up, is far too large or far too small and simply doesn’t meet a need every individual should be afforded.
But thanks to the kind hearts of people across Sampson County — from children to adults — that warmth will be provided again this year.
Words really cannot offer the true thanks we feel, emotions we’re certain Chamber members share, toward each and every person who opened their heart, their wallets and their closets to share some of that which they’ve been fortunate enough to be given with those who have far less.
There truly is no greater gift on earth than that of sharing with others, ensuring, in this case, warmth where it may otherwise not have existed.
Chamber members are to be applauded for coming up with such a benevolent project and keeping it going, and all those who helped to make it such a huge success for the third straight year should be thanked time and time again for their unwavering kindness show time after time.
Wrapping the less fortunate in warmth this holiday season should warm the hearts of all those who helped in some way, touching their lives in unique and special ways that only come from sharing love with others.
Donating coats is a way of clothing others with love, letting them know that they aren’t forgotten no matter the season and no matter the need.
Sampson County residents do that better than any others, and we are grateful they do.