A story in Wednesday's Courier introduced us to 6-year-old Tyler Hook. The youngster told his parents he wanted to help the less fortunate this holiday season.

Tyler decided he would ring a bell during the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign.

Like any 6-year-old, we're suspect Tyler enjoys games and riding his bicycle. But he also understands that there is more to Christmas than getting gifts. Credit his parents, Amanda and J.D., for teaching the youngster that valuable lesson.

We all need to remember that as Christmas nears.

There is one group that might not be on your gift-giving list, but we encourage you to correct that omission.

Many area charitable groups depend on donations from community members to help others.

Giving is down, while needs are up.

Those who help others say that it's tougher than ever to raise funds. We've got to dig a little deeper and give a little more.

In the past, we've asked shoppers to forego buying one gift and, instead, donate the saved money to a favorite charity. Again, we urge people to do that.

Most children can do with one less gift, and the gesture could put a gift in the hands of a child who otherwise might not receive any.

There are other ways to give. Offer a food basket to a family that might not have enough to eat because mom and dad have lost their jobs. Help a senior citizen on a fixed income who might not be able to pay the utility bill.

There are hundreds of people in the area who could use a helping hand and a friendly smile this time of year.

If we really try, we can overcome the obstacles. If you don't see a Salvation Army kettle the next time you're out shopping, stop by the Salvation Army on East Main Street and drop off a donation. You will be welcomed.

We ask you to support the agencies that support our neighbors. The need never goes away, but it is especially important this time of year to care for each other.