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A passion for giving

Sometimes, in our business, it is hard not to develop a general outlook that is colored by cynicism.
For all the stories you read within these pages, there are volumes of off-the-record, behind-the-scenes facts that we can never print for one reason or another. The things we learn about people and situations often leave us jaded and skeptical and, unfortunately, often untrusting of anything anyone says or does that appears – at least on the surface – to be what is in the best interest of the community as a whole, or just a needy individual. This tendency toward cynicism is part and parcel to our profession and not a byproduct anyone in journalism ever finds to be a coveted trait.
It isn’t, however, all bad.
Our tendency to be overly cautious enables us to recognize and, perhaps, enjoy to a greater extent than most, the genuine, from-the-heart passion of those who are true believers in giving back to the community for the good of one, or the good of all. One of the reasons we love Ennis so much is that this community if full of people like that – people who give their heart and soul to helping make life better and brighter for others.
In this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, we find we are surrounded by the love and compassion of so many in our community who though they never seek it out, deserve special recognition for all the things they do to make life sweeter for others.
Who can say they have ever come into contact with the adorable Charlie Mae Presley and not come away amazed at her loving heart and optimistic attitude about absolutely everything. This beautiful fairy flits from one volunteer opportunity to the next spreading her special pixy dust from one lonely, searching soul to the next. How very lucky we are she calls Ennis home.
Does anyone doubt the passion of Harriett Adams to make the holidays as bright and cheerful as possible for Ennis residents? She and her crew of devoted Lights of Ennis helpers sacrifice so much of their time and personal resources every year to try and bring some Christmas cheer into the lives of everyone in this community. Illuminating our beautiful streets with Christmas lights is this group’s mission and they are to be commended for their tenacity and vision.
No one works harder for Ennis residents than those who belong to our service organizations and we are so grateful for the contributions of those in the Ennis Noon Lions Club, Kiwanis and Rotary Club. They set the standard of service-above-self for everyone to follow, and there are so many others as well.
Look at the work done this week on behalf of our community by church congregations at First United Methodist, Refiner’s Fire, Templo de Poder and others. Everyone is thrilled with First Christian’s newest project to send care packages to soldiers. Their ‘Treats for Troops’ project is a terrific idea. Just last week, the Catholic Daughters of Ennis made another wonderful donation to Ennis Meals on Wheels.
Ennis Heritage Society members are working night and day to preserve the history, stories and artifacts that define the cultural heritage of this community and they deserve to be singled out for their contribution to our city as well. And let’s not forget all the wonderful men and women who work in City services, the police and fire departments. The people work tirelessly, day-after-day, to ensure our lives run as safely and smoothly as possible.
What is so wonderful is that it is impossible to list in this small space all those who deserve to be recognized for what they do to make life better for all of us in Ennis.
Isn’t that a tremendous blessing for all of us to consider during this holiday season?

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