Sharing our thoughts of giving, generous people

By the Tri-City HeraldNovember 29, 2012 

Our thoughts are on giving this week. People give of their resources, whether that's financial or emotional, time or talents. In many cases they are much more generous than we will ever know.

We appreciate that giving spirit in our community.

Alternative Gift Fair

'Tis the season for shopping. Despite some concern about the materialism of Christmas, we believe that most people give gifts because they want to express love.

Sometimes the gift fills a needs, other times it's just a want. Either way, the giver is expressing himself.

So here's to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Each of these shopping events suits a purpose.

In the Mid-Columbia, Giving Tuesday easily can be celebrated this Saturday at the Alternative Gift Fair. We appreciate the Community Universalist Church's effort to bring this one-stop nonprofit shopping event to our community.

If you decide to visit the fair, you'll be wrapping up a card to give your loved one -- rather than an electronic gadget. The gift goes to the charity of your choice, and that feeling of giving actually is doubled because you get to help a charitable cause and still express that love to the person you are honoring.

The fair is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2819 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco.

Turkey Trot

Although the term "fun run" sounds like an oxymoron to us, we are mesmerized by thousands of people showing up on Thanksgiving morning to run through Columbia Park.

It's a great Tri-City tradition.

It encourages a healthier community -- we all could use a little more exercise -- and it raises money for the Red Cross.

It's also a great warmup to the Cable Bridge Run on Dec. 15 -- which, if you're planning to run has a significant parking change this year.

For those interested, there will be no parking at the beginning of the race. All parking will be at Gesa Stadium near Road 68, and Ben Franklin Transit buses will shuttle runners to and from the course.

It's a change from how things have been in the past 34 years of the race, but being flexible and looking for solutions is part of working toward another couple of decades of racing.

We like that people are active in the Tri-Cities and we appreciate the effort it takes to pull together these traditional events.

Planetarium opening

We're pleased to see real astronauts are heading our way for the opening of the new planetarium at Columbia Basin College. It's exciting to have dignitaries in our midst.

After the ribbon has been cut and the formal ceremonies are over, Charlie Duke and Story Musgrave will leave. But the planetarium will just be starting a new phase of educating future scientists in the Mid-Columbia.

It's excited to see that fire kindled.

Christmas village donated

Some people donate their time. Others give their money. The Schuhmachers of Kennewick have given their Christmas village -- their extensive Christmas village.

The gift was given to the CREHST museum, which, in turn, is giving back to the community.

After the Christmas season, the 160-piece set from Department 56 will be sold, as a whole or by the piece.

But between now and then it is on display in the museum's basement. It's a generous offer by the Schuhmachers and it's gracious for the museum to set it up for public display.

Principal of the year

Susan Sparks has been recognized as principal of the year by two different organizations, and she is being considered for a national honor.

Ruth Livingston Elementary School in Pasco represents a lot of what is good about our educational system, and Sparks -- especially -- exemplifies the concept of giving more than is required.

Certainly any job is easier to do if you feel passionate about it. We do those things well that we enjoy doing.

In an unrelated story in the Tri-City Herald, we saw this quote this week: "Find something you value and be evangelical about it. Your life will be richer for it." -- Lee Rhodes, founder of Glassybaby.

The generous people we're thinking about this week all seem to have discovered that secret.

Back in the saddle

We're also inspired by the fortitude of people who keep trying.

We all have setbacks. Most of them are not as serious as Roxie Trunnell's bout with encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. Perhaps that's why most of us won't achieve as much as this remarkable Kennewick woman will.

Her brush with death three years ago led to a coma, then a lengthy, ongoing rehabilitation, but it hasn't slowed her down. That's something we can all learn from.

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