Sunday’s lead editorial praises a local businessman for his Christmas generosity.
“'Tis the season to be thankful for whatever help you can get. It's hard times.” – Catina Avery, recipient of gifts at Savemore Superstore's “One Day Can Make a Difference” giveaway.
The generosity on display last
weekend at Savemore Superstore was simply staggering: 3,000 people or more
showed up in the parking lot six days before Christmas to a seemingly unending
supply of toys, clothes and other gifts for free, no questions asked other
than, “What do you need?” For comparison, that's Christmas saved for a
population midway between that of Loris and
The event's magnitude is all the more remarkable for the fact that it largely came from one person, Savemore complex owner Gary Bingham (though the actual distribution enlisted 50 volunteers). “It's important to me to try to take care of some of the people who really need help,” he told The Sun News. “It could be any one of us in this situation with the economy the way it is.”
For all the damage it has done, the
recession has also shown that philanthropy is alive and well in
Bingham's goal is to find enough partners to grow the annual event large enough to serve 10,000 people, and we wish him success. Free toys are certainly not the community's only need this year, but to families facing the bleak prospect of a Christmas Day without any presents, no act of kindness may be more encouraging than Bingham's.