EDITOR'S DESK: Count your blessings (instead of gifts)

Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM.

The CBS Evening News reported­­ on Jackie Turner, a William Jessup University student who posted a Craigslist ad that ultimately "rented" families to orphan adults.

The Sacramento area woman knew, all too well, the need to feel warmth and belonging during the holidays; she had no pleasant childhood memories, she said. "I remember getting locked up and locked in rooms. And I remember getting beatings for stealing food," she told the CBS reporter.

NBC Nightly News reported on some 250,000 civilians in Syrian suburbs who hunger amid civil war. The more fortunate civilians hop on bicycles and pedal quickly to produce enough energy to charge batteries, and they chop firewood to stay warm, Keir Simmons reported.

It's a much different picture from anywhere in the United States.

And it's why, on this day, we should count our blessings instead of gifts.

Evidently, many North Okaloosa residents know a lot about that. They're helping others, and they've inspired me.  

Crestview High School students, with help from Davidson Middle School students, collected 3 tons of food and clothes for needy classmates.

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