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The holiday season is full of tradition in the Tri-Cities, with events added every year. There is no shortage of places to spend your money or causes to donate to. It's a time when people are generous with their finances, time and emotional support.

Worldwide Candle Lighting

Most people associate "Christmas" with "joy." For people who have lost a loved one, sometimes the word "loneliness" is more appropriate.

For those who have lost a child (of any age), the second Sunday in December is an opportunity to remember their child and gather with other bereaved parents.

Compassionate Friends will hold two separate services Sunday in Tri-Cities. One is at the Sandberg Event Center in West Richland starting at 6:45 p.m. and one is at the Sunset Event Center at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland starting 7 p.m.

When we feel lonely, sometimes it helps to know that we're not alone. We're grateful for emotional support during this special time of year.

Cancer patient/volunteer

Josh Pearson has a baseball-sized tumor on his brain that won't go away. He has already lived longer than most people with his diagnosis.

A Tim McGraw song says, "Someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying." Our days are limited, even for the healthiest among us.

It's good to take stock of what we are doing with that precious time.

Josh spends time with his young family and volunteers his handyman skills at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center and anywhere else he can.

Each day for Josh -- and all of us -- truly is a blessing. Thanks for the reminder, Josh.

Second Harvest drivers

Everywhere you go, you have a chance to donate a dollar or a can of food. Like drops of rain, even small donations add up to a lot of help.

It's easy to share a little bit of our bounty. People might not think about sharing some of their time -- but it's also a valuable commodity.

In the case of Second Harvest, volunteer drivers are needed to help with the extra donations this time of year. It doesn't need to be a long-term commitment.

But there are lots of other places where people can donate their time. Some are organized events, others include writing a note to a friend you've lost contact with or taking the time to chat with someone who would love a visit.

The bonus is that when we give of ourselves, we always get something in return.


Let's hear it for unexpected positive turns in our lives.

River View High graduate Anthony Holand went from an amateur artist in Finley to a successful professional at Martha's Vineyard via a summer job at a bike shop. Go figure.

And Southridge High grad Megan Hardy is now in the running for a $100,000 scholarship.

For as much time as we spend setting goals and working toward them, sometimes the pieces just all fall into place.

Holand didn't set out to be a metal sculptor, but he did open himself up to an artistic career by following his passion, attending classes at Columbia Basin College and taking advantage of opportunities as they came his way.

Hardy also saw an opportunity and made a run for it. She already has won $2,500 in the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway. The winner of the top prize is yet to be determined.

We love it when preparation and opportunity cross paths.

We suspect there are opportunities right in our way -- if we keep our eyes open to them.