A time for giving

Volunteering can extend from the holidays to all year long.

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to overlook them: the bell ringer at the mall, the donors entering the blood bank, the collectors asking for canned goods outside the supermarket, and so many other people doing “good deeds.”

You remember good deeds. They’re those things that most of us tell ourselves we’re going to do tomorrow or next month or next year. But, believe it or not, some people dedicate themselves to doing good deeds throughout the year, and especially during the holidays.

Volunteers represent the true spirit of the season, and Lake and Sumter counties have an abundance of volunteer opportunities. In this issue, three volunteers explain why they do what they do—and how rewarding it is.

You can make a difference year-round, too, by lending your time and talents to a charitable organization. You may want to work with children at a camp or with seniors at a nursing home or with animals at a shelter. Style presents a list of possibilities, many of which involve fun activities like horseback riding, bowling, running or coaching. 

Beacon College also is in the business of helping others. The Leesburg institution is celebrating 30 years of educating students who have learning disabilities. In a feature story, administrators explain “the Beacon way” of education and lay out big plans for expansion of its downtown campus.

In addition, we offer our usual array of profiles on residents, restaurants and performers, including the nutty presentation of “Nunset Boulevard” in The Villages.

Have a wonderful holiday season and keep on rockin’ in the new year.


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