As a editor wrote in 1897, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 23, 2006

This past week has been a very busy one around Dallas County – and for us here at the newspaper. And the activity shows that, yes, indeed, there is a Santa Claus. In fact, there are many, many out there who help

spread Christmas cheer.

There are a number or organizations, groups and churches that have distributed gifts, toys and food to needy families in the area.

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If we try to list all those who have given to others, we will no doubt leave out someone.

Suffice to say, most every church and non-profit group in our area has contributed in some way to making the holidays bright for those who otherwise might not have experienced a “Merry Christmas.”

In reality, there is no reason why any family in Selma and Dallas County shouldn’t wake tomorrow morning with the anticipation of at least having their basic needs met.

Having gifts under the tree and a holiday meal will just make it extra special.

Our goal for the rest of the year should be to make sure those basic needs are always met – food on the table, necessary medicines available, a roof over their heads.

Because of the agencies, nonprofit organizations and churches in the area that respond to need, that should be an achievable goal.

Thank you to those who reach out to others.