For me the magic of Christmas, and the true beauty of this time of year are the heartwarming stories of how our communities come together to take care of those who may have fallen on hard times.

You really don't have to look far to find someone who is struggling. The struggles are many and vary from person to person.

On my way into the radio station this morning I was presented with a homeless person who was asleep on a cement stoop behind a dumpster. I couldn't help but wonder how they were going to get through the day ahead all filled with ice and cold.

I reflected back on our "Camp Out Hunger" campaign last month that brought together over $100 grand in food donations for the Salvation Army that is being distributed daily.

Speaking of the Salvation Army, Kristi, my co-host and I spent a few chilly days ringing the bell for their kettle drive and donations of cash that came in. It felt odd to me when people would donate and thank me for ringing the bell. I couldn't help but feel like, I thank you for donating!

But that's what it's all about, all of us doing what we can to help those less fortunate in our community. It's a very humbling experience but also a necessary one.

According to centralmaine.com, the South Parish Congregational Church, at 9 Church St., in Augusta is providing a free Christmas dinner, which they will bring out to you curbside from 11:30am-1pm on Christmas Day. This meal is open to all and anyone who would enjoy a wonderful full turkey dinner. If you know someone that may be alone this holiday or in need of a meal, please pass the information along.

Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year to all!

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