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EDITORIAL: Thumbs up to Santa's helpers

The York Dispatch
Prophetess Dominique Cabvell, currently homeless, hugs Cpl. John Lawton, right, of the Springettsbury Township Police Department, after being given one of five-$100 bills in York, Pa. on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Cabvell said that she had actually been a recipient of one of the donations from earlier in the day, and used the money to buy her children Christmas presents-- so she would leave the decision of giving up to him. Lawton again offered the gift, and Cabvell accepted. The money was part of a1,000 dollar donation made by a family who asked for it to be given to the community by the department. (Dawn J. Sagert - The York Dispatch)

Thumbs up: A Good Samaritan and the Springettsbury Police Department got together this past week to make some holidays a little brighter for those who could use some help this season.

Someone donated $1,000 to be given away to unsuspecting folks, who might need the money. This secret Santa asked Springettsbury police to do the honors.

Cpl. John Lawton said he enjoyed his turn handing out $100 to a handful of people — including one woman who is homeless, and another who moved back in with her mother following the death of her father.

Lawton received hugs and thanks for all the police do for the community.

The Good Samaritan is not only generous, but smart, too. It's a great thing for the community to see police officers in a role like this — playing Santa for a good cause. Often, police are called only when there is someone in distress and it's important to remember all the good work they do every day.

Thumbs up: A new, and perhaps third, generation of Star Wars enthusiasts was born with the opening on Thursday night of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Locals dressed up, waited in line and participated in what is now a nearly 40-year cultural phenomenon of epic proportions.

As a Tribune News Service columnist reminded us recently, although sometimes we feel more divided than ever as Americans, this saga of light and dark, with its inherent messages about how we navigate our worlds — inside and out — can remind us that our petty disagreements are often just that. And to take them too seriously is to ignore the fact that at the end of the day, we all struggle and triumph in much the same way as members of the same human race.

To all of those who dressed up, bought tickets for their kids, saw the show twice in 12 hours (you know who you are) and generally got out and enjoyed the intergalactic saga anew, we hope the Force is indeed with you.

Thumbs up: Members of the U.S. Army Reserve post in York can train on $40,000 worth of new equipment — that's a full gym's worth of ellipticals, treadmills and the like — thanks to the generosity of one local businessman.

Sam Wiggins, owner and president of Absolute Fitness Solutions which repairs and sells commercial gym equipment, gave the gear to the reserve post. The post on Arsenal Road is the training center for Army Reserve members from York County and serves hundreds of members on any given day throughout the week.

The new gym is a result of a collaborative effort between Wiggins and his longtime friend Capt. Rick Seigler, Company Commander at the US Army Reserve Post. The pair met in Marietta and have a common military background.

Seigler reached out to Wiggins several months ago about getting a treadmill and the project — a gym full of refurbished equipment —  grew from there, Wiggins said.

The pair recognize the importance of Reserves training and giving back to those who serve our country.

We think it's important to recognize them for their generosity.

Thumbs up: To all of those Santa's helpers this week, recognized and unsung, The York Dispatch would like to say thank you for extending holiday cheer wherever you can.

No time of year is more appropriate to remember those less fortunate. No gesture is to small when it is done in the spirit of kindness.