The menorahs have been packed away. Some people have already taken down their Christmas trees. And Armenians and other Orthodox Christians are busy planning for a Christmas celebration on Jan. 6. But what do we take from this season of holidays?
There are numerous examples of true community building that we should take from this season. Warwick families, including Dan Cunningham, former School Committee Chairman Frank Picozzi, Everett Lewis, and Freddie Moussally delighted the citys residents with their Christmas decorations and light displays. Our temples assisted in reaching out to those in need. Food baskets were collected and distributed by the Rotary Club of Warwick and every one of our Roman Catholic churches, and Trinity Episcopal Church even collected for the Warwick Animal Shelter and Cranston Animal Shelter.
Chuck Lamendola Jr. of Astro of New England came to the rescue of the citys Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, the Tri-City Elks Lodge No. 14 adopted a family, Rotary hosted a party for 50 kids from our school system, the First Congregational Church of Warwick adopted Oakland Beach School, and the 6th grade students of Hoxsie and Norwood Elementary Schools created ornaments that brought gifts to needy children.
People collected for Toys for Tots, local veterans groups and individual families in need. Some drives were organized and some were simply done quietly without anyone (sometimes including the recipient) knowing.
This is the spirit of the holiday season. And may it continue to burn in our hearts for the rest of the year.