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Many of us have fond memories of our childhood Christmases and one of my favorites includes The Salvation Army in our small town in Northern Indiana.
It was — and is — a humanitarian organization, based on the concept of giving and sharing to everyone, regardless of race, creed or color.
Every Christmas while my sister, brother and I were growing up, we attended the annual yuletide party given by the Salvation Army folks. The event, complete with a Santa Claus, gifts and bountiful refreshments, was open to all children in the community, regardless of family income.
A Christmas message of the reason for the season came with the party fun and favors, but the essence of the Salvation Army’s actions, then and throughout the years, reverberated as loud as the words spoken by the minister.
The Salvation Army, worldwide now, has since the 1800s relied on the kindness of strangers and friends to make its giving a reality, and any members I’ve met seem to have a special affinity for their chosen venue.
After way more than a century, The Salvation Army is keeping it real for the hungry, homeless and soul-burdened folks in countless communities.
God bless them all and God bless everyone this Christmas season of sharing and memories.
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Our family is observing a most special Christmas on Dec. 25, the arrival of a new g-g-grandson, Maverick Benjamen Johnson, born in October to g-granddaughter Anastassia (Daigneau) and Benjamen Johnson.
It will be his first-ever Christmas and the first-ever photo will be taken of the five generations now in our family.
As the Munns, Daigneaus and Johnsons gather with their extended families Sunday, we do indeed have reasons for a heartfelt thank you.
And our hearts will be there in spirit with families stretched from California to New York and many points in between.
Julianne Munn is the food writer for the Citrus County Chronicle. Email her at email@example.com.