The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 18, 2013

It is better to give than receive with the Community Christmas Card


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — If the season of shopping has induced retail rage, consider this: Charitable giving can reduce stress and induce happiness, studies show.

We’re not physicians, but can we make a last-minute recommendation? Participating in the Community Christmas Card can help improve the holiday blues.

In what has become a yuletide tradition, our readers can participate in the Community Christmas Card to raise money for the Food for Kids backpack program in Garfield County.

In January 2003, this important program began after an Oklahoma City elementary student fainted from a lack of food.

The program provides chronically hungry kids with backpacks full of non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat during weekends and school holidays.

Enid News & Eagle, which was the state’s first newspaper to organize the effort to support the program, is asking readers to participate in signing the Community Christmas Card.

It will be published in the Christmas edition of the newspaper.

Donors are asked to give a minimum of $1 per name they wish to place on the card.

Businesses, church groups, families or individuals annually sign the card.

Through Dec. 24, readers may sign the Community Christmas Card by coming by the Enid News & Eagle office, 227 W. Broadway, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays, or by mailing a check to Community Christmas Card, c/o Enid News & Eagle, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.