The world seems a bit more selfish and hateful with each passing year. We can probably blame that, at least lately, on politics.

Thanksgiving is a time where we tend to come to our senses — thankfully — if even for a few days. We recognize our commonalities and the genuine concern for our fellow man.

There is perhaps no better representation of this than the amazing effort by local organizations and their small armies of volunteers in providing free community Thanksgiving meals.

This year, Friendship Fire Co. in Shamokin’s Fifth Ward joins the Shamokin Knights of Columbus, Holy Angels Church in Kulpmont and the Mount Carmel Lions Club in providing meals to those without the means to have their own, or to those simply looking to enjoy holiday fellowship with others. There is no fee; there are no questions asked.

These four organizations expect to serve as many as 850 meals on Thursday. That, indeed, is a lot of turkey.

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While many of us will relax tonight and enjoy a meal with family on Thanksgiving, dozens of volunteers in these groups will be hard at work, cooking, serving, delivering and cleaning up. We hope their souls are as nourished as the bodies of those who enjoy the meals.

These organizations, it should be noted, receive plenty of generosity from local food producers and grocers toward their efforts.

What the rest of us can do is acknowledge organizations such as the Friendship, the Knights, Holy Angels and the Lions Club throughout the rest of the year with our moral and financial support, knowing such help will indeed be passed along to the community.

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