Story last updated at 1:54 p.m. Thursday, November 28, 2002

Season of giving good opportunity for area donors
Although the weather may seem to be telling us otherwise, Thanksgiving is upon us again. As we sit down with family and friends for the traditional feast, it is important to reflect on all that we've been through, globally and locally, in the past year.

A sign board outside a central peninsula church sums it up well: "Recounts are OK when we're counting our blessings."

Punctuated by the steady beat of war drums, the level of uncertainty on the world stage is increasingly prominent. But as we wait for the future to unfold globally, there is much we can do locally to ensure peace and justice in our own corner of the world.

It is encouraging to see so many area nonprofit organizations taking the lead in bringing holiday joy to the needy. From gift baskets to community Thanksgiving dinners, there is plenty of goodwill to go around again this year.

Anyone wishing to help out but not knowing where to turn need look no farther than the Homer Foundation. This home-grown organization handed out nearly $150,000 in the past year alone.

Area schools, museums, scholarship funds, clubs and agencies, such as the Homer Community Food Pantry, Boys and Girls Club, and Cook Inlet Keeper, have all benefited from the public gifts to the Homer Foundation.

According to Foundation literature, community foundations are one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. They build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to help meet critical needs.

The Homer Foundation is a worthy cause that should be close to the hearts of all Homer residents. The Foundation is set up to accept gifts in any amount, at any time and in any form -- from cash to insurance policies to retirement plans. The structure is meant to ensure that the endowment will continue to grow and that it will always be there for the community.

For more information about making a donation, call 235-0541 or e-mail The Foundation Web site can be found at

We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Living in a community whose residents place a high priority on helping each other is something we should all appreciate.