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!

Volunteers also spent several days setting up and decorating a giant Christmas tree on Chetco Avenue in downtown Brookings.

Legions of residents are donating canned goods to Brookings Community Helpers food bank to help feed the needy. Others are collecting coats for kids. The Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts sent 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 childrens' 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.

Local organizations, schools and individuals are offering wonderful music concerts.

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

And .... the list goes on an on.

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.