Tooele County citizens are renowned for having a generous spirit toward others in need. Whenever a crisis hits, like the big wildfire that struck a Tooele City neighborhood on July 19, 2016, or a call goes out that the local food bank is running low, or clothes are needed for less fortunate families, citizens just don’t talk about doing something.
They quickly respond and commit to action without any praise or thanks expected in return.
A recent reminder of this occurred during Thanksgiving. Scores of volunteers cheerfully gave of their time, talent and resources to make sure that as few unfortunate souls as possible went without a holiday dinner.
At Denny’s in Tooele, for example, it was heartwarming to see volunteers working in the kitchen, and in line behind the restaurant to deliver prepared Thanksgiving dinners to citizens who otherwise would go without. Donations from customers and community groups helped make the dinners possible. Meanwhile, similar volunteer efforts also occurred at other local businesses, churches and organizations on Thanksgiving.
With the days now ticking off fast toward Christmas, charitable organizations and initiatives across Tooele County are dialing up their efforts to reach out, help out and make a difference. Tonight’s Tip-A-Cop event at Casa Del Ray in Grantsville, and then Thursday night at Jim’s Restaurant in Tooele, are just two of several philanthropic efforts throughout the month — all focused on helping children and/or families who are struggling at Christmastime.
In addition, there are numerous Christmas-related events and performances where the entry fee is simply canned goods or other nonperishable foods for the food bank. Whether large or small, every contribution is an act of open generosity.
And such generosity is also evident in the annual Tooele Transcript Bulletin Benefit Fund. Now in its 40th year, the fund’s purpose is to help a person or family in the community at Christmas with a unique and troubling need that can’t be filled by other means.
Through the benefit fund, Transcript Bulletin readers have helped countless individuals and families over the decades that faced an insurmountable challenge. Just two years ago, readers donated more than $16,000 for a Grantsville woman stricken with stage 4 breast cancer, and $5,000 last year for a Stansbury Park teenager who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and autism.
Individuals or families are nominated by readers and selected by the newspaper after careful review. Readers, businesses and organizations then donate cash or make other contributions to the recipient through Christmas.
Nominations received are currently under review. The selected person or family will be announced in this Thursday’s edition. At press time today, less than $250 has been donated to the fund so far. But that’s expected to swiftly change after readers know how they can help.
We want to thank everyone who gives to local charities during the holidays and throughout the year. And to our readers who make the benefit fund an annual success, your generous spirit has and continues to make a difference in remarkable ways.
Donations can be mailed to: Transcript Bulletin Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 390, Tooele, Utah 84074. They can also be dropped off at the newspaper’s front office at 58 N. Main Street. Thank you.