Beaufort’s gift of giving

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By Lanier Laney

As the Season of Giving for the nation and the world comes and goes, I can’t help but think that here in Beaufort we get to enjoy that gift all year long. In covering all the charitable events in this column this past year, I’ve noticed week after week how Beaufortonians give and give and then continue to give more.

Former head of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce Carlotta Ungaro told me she had read a report ranking the most charitable cities in the U.S. Not only did Beaufort make the list, did you know that we rank higher than Raleigh, N.C., in the number of charities listed, the number of charity events held, and the total amount of money raised? And Raleigh is the capitol of North Carolina!

We are a tiny city! A village really.  That’s an amazing accomplishment.  An amazing statement of the big-heartedness of Beaufort area residents.   I see it in a million other little acts also: from residents saying hello to strangers on the street to nice notes, cards, gifts and food stuffs dropped off at doorways to an outpouring of concern and care and looking out for someone in their time of need. Sure, we are blessed with beautiful views, magnificent trees and lovely homes. But after living here a while you discover the secret, that Beaufort’s greatest gift of all is the gift of the heart in the people who live here.

Thank you for letting me cover all your wonderful events this past year. Big kudos to all the hundreds of volunteers that made all those charity fundraisers possible!  You have literally made dreams come true for many and brought hope to those who need it most in our town with your love and kindness.

May you have a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year filled with continuing loving kindness!

All my best, Lanier