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Editorial: Community’s generosity showcased

The season of giving is well underway in Jasper County, evidenced by November’s show of generosity.

Last week we saw firsthand the county’s ability to think of others.

For 11 days South State Bank in Ridgeland held a Clemson-Carolina food drive to benefit the county’s Council on Aging.

The Tigers and Gamecocks rivalry is fierce, but that intensity was put to good use as the Clemson and South Carolina supporters donated more than 300 food items.

Clemson fans donated 159 items to South Carolina’s 145, but the schools’ supporters joined together to help feed the county’s senior citizens, including 116 on the Meals on Wheels route.

Well done.

The county’s children also played a part in helping others. Ridgeland Elementary School’s 851 students learned about compassion in a big way last month.

Compassion was the school’s word of the month and the students decided to showcase their compassion by holding a food drive to benefit the Jasper County Hunger Free Zone.

Thanks to generous families and the kindness shown by the students, in two weeks more than 1,300 canned goods were raised to support the Hunger Free Zone.

Great job.

And the Jasper County School District’s five schools did their best to help their students and the United Way.

Since 2012, the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative has aimed to improve reading in the Lowcountry.

According to the United Way, in 2015-16, 94 percent of Jasper students in the program increased their reading scores. There are 90 tutors and 175 Jasper students in the program, better known by the students as Read Indeed.

To help the tutors and students, the school district held a fundraiser that earned $8,799.

The money will go back to the initiative to help pay for books and train the volunteers.

Outstanding. We applaud any action that promotes reading.

Kudos to everybody for their unselfishness.

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