The Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings-Harbor may be a small community, but the hearts of its residents are gigantic, especially when it comes to celebrating the holidays and thinking of others.

To name a few:

Volunteers again have transformed Azalea Park into a holiday wonderland featuring thousands of colored lights and decorated sculptures. The show closes Dec. 24. Don't miss it!

Legions of residents are donating canned goods to Brookings Community Helpers food bank to help feed the needy.

The Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts have been busy sending care packages overseas to men and women in the U.S. military.

The Community Action Agency is teaming up with local businesses to display Giving Trees andndash; Christmas trees decorated with tags containing children's holiday wishes.

Members of the Brookings Elks Club are still collecting toys for needy families andndash; drop unopened, unwrapped toys at various locations including Fred Meyer or the Brookings Elk Club, 800 Elk Drive, next to City Hall.

Salvation Army bellringers are weathering the cold and rain outside of Fred Meyer to collect money for those less fortunate.

The ORCA Singers, Curry-Del Norte Orchestra and local school students offered wonderful musical concerts.

The volunteers with the Stout Mountain Railway have created a "Trains in Toyland" display at the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center through Dec. 24.

The Elks Christmas Basket Program will deliver food to need families today.

And .... the list goes on and on. Check out the "What's happening this weekend" list on Pages 3B, 6B or on our website.

Yes, it's beginning to look at lot like Christmas. The Pilot news staff has had a hard time keeping track of all the holiday-related events, celebrations and gift-giving efforts made by various groups and individuals.

We've done our best to cover these andndash; you can tell by the paper's content in recent weeks andndash; and we strive to include everything, so please let us know about your community event.

We applaud all of the people who are helping to make the holidays brighter andndash; especially for those less fortunate. The outpouring of holiday spirit is impressive andndash; and something of which the entire community should be proud.