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December 13, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for local newsmakers

CHEERS to all of the volunteers and charitable organizations working hard in the face of a sluggish economy and frostbite weather to raise money to make Christmas brighter for those who could really use a little help. It’s been a struggle.

“Our kettle numbers are really low,” Lt. Kiley Williams of the Salvation Army of Derry told reporter John Toole this week. “We are supposed to raise $200,000. We are only at $100,000.”

The organization serves more than 130 families, with 280 children in Derry, Londonderry and Windham. Sonshine Soup Kitchen in Derry is also lagging said its head, Cynthia Dwyer said. The soup kitchen is serving a record 60 meals a day and running up bills of $12,000 a month. Some other groups are doing better after their plight was publicized.

If you can do it, drop a few dollars into the kettle next time you pass a bellringer or send a check the Sonshine Soup Kitchen’s way. After all, as one of the donors to The Eagle-Tribune’s Santa Fund noted, quoting Helen Walton, wife of Sam, “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.”

CHEERS to Central Catholic High School’s Division I Super Bowl champion football team. The Raiders rocked Xaverian Brothers 34-17 last Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, as convincing a win as any of the Patriots’ victories this season.

“I honestly couldn’t wish for anything else,” said co-captain D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie, who picked up 119 yards and scored three touchdowns in just 12 carries. “I was talking with some people about how winning this would be the greatest Christmas present ever. I would give up all my presents for this.” Central’s first Super Bowl title in 15 years recalled those glory says when it won back-to-back titles in 1997-98, playing at BU.

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