The compassionate warmth of the area communities is on display again. It seems every holiday season it is more noticeable, but the kindness is spread throughout the year.

Take the week of Thanksgiving. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Marinette provided dinner for hundreds of people, a feast that has been going on since 2010. Think of all the church volunteers who stepped up to make this happen. Planning and working on the extraordinary meal doesn’t start on the morning of Thanksgiving. It starts weeks and months before the traditional feast.

The Rev. Jim Wendt of Our Savior’s Lutheran summed it up well, “A Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day is pretty powerful.”

The benevolence at the local church was just one of many acts of charity demonstrated on Thanksgiving. Church groups and other organizations in villages, towns and cities in the tri-county region stepped up to make sure families and individuals enjoyed the fruits of a holiday special. 

The spirit carved by these people is carrying over as we enter the Christmas season. Our newspaper has reported on many of them and there is still more to come.

Triple C Riders, a local motorcycle club, has been collecting toys for children in Marinette, Menominee and Oconto counties. Club members collect toys at various sites and hold fundraisers so they can purchase more toys. The toys cheer up kids who are at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and Bellin Hospital in Oconto. Any child in the hospital during the Christmas season gets a toy.

The activity turns into a joy ride for Triple C Riders, which stands for the three counties involved in the mission. 

Then there’s the annual “Holiday Tour of Homes,” which has been running for more than four decades in Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo. The owners of local homes open their doors for the event. All proceeds benefit the St. Thomas Aquinas Academy schools. 

The holiday spirit has been contagious. School children, teenagers and adults are involved in spreading holiday cheer in so many different ways. We encourage our readers to follow the listings, times and places of remaining events in our Community Calendar items in the daily EagleHerald and Action Sunday.