Keizer is a special place. Anyone who’s lived here for any length of time figures that out. How special our town is was apparent again over the past few weeks. Keizer is generous.

More than 100 Keizer families with children were able to have a Christmas holiday due to the efforts of the Keizer Network of Women’s annual Christmas Basket program. The request for financial donations begins early in the year. Food, toy and clothing donations are gathered, sorted and placed into boxes for delivery to the less fortunate. Over 350 Keizer children were not left off Santa’s list this year. Audrey Butler and her cadre of volunteers worked tirelessly to be sure the holidays were bright for those without.

The organizers of Keizer’s Miracle of Christmas light display in Gubser came within a whisker of collecting 24,000 pounds of food to be donated to Marion-Polk Food Share as well as thousands of dollars in donations.

Joined nightly by members of local organizations, Jim and Darlene Taylor along with neighbors Mike and Jennifer Griffin spent seven nights a week through the holiday season to accept food and cash from visitors to the drive-through light display. The two couples will give up their role in the food drive. Let’s hope they can find successors who will be just as passionate.