The holidays are here, the New Year is coming and those of us who serve the Town of Marana are in the mood to celebrate.

Christmas and Hanukkah are special times of year for everyone. All are occasions for family and friends to gather and appreciate all that life has provided them. It can also be an occasion to help the less fortunate among us. Marana’s Town Council and employees are no different.

Over the past few months, dozens of us have rolled up our sleeves during Red Cross blood drives at our municipal complex. Giving blood doesn’t take much time and each donation has the potential to save as many as three lives. Blood supplies typically run low when they are most needed, during the summer and end of the year. Please consider making a donation the next time you hear about a drive. We have one scheduled for our building on March 22.

We also recognize the tremendous need that exists at the Marana Community Food Bank. While Executive Director Linda Hampton and her staff do an excellent job, they often must deal with dwindling stock for a fast-growing clientele. The economic problems of the past several years have caused many people who never needed help in the past to ask for assistance.

Town Council and employees help the Food Bank whenever possible, whether through volunteer hours or the numerous drives we hold each year. Just this month, Town departments collected more than 20 holiday food bags filled with the necessities for a Christmas dinner and dropped them off at the Food Bank. Employees also made monetary contributions, which are key because the Food Bank turns each dollar donated into around $10 worth of food.

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah and prosperous New Year. Please enjoy the company of loved ones during this season of hope and generosity. Keep the less fortunate among us in your thoughts and deeds. We are blessed to live in a community that truly cares about the people who live and work here.

To sign up for the Town blood drive, please call 382-1936. To learn more about the Marana Community Food Bank, please call 682-3001 or visit www.communityfoodbank.com.

Editor’s Note: Ed Honea is the mayor of Marana.

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