Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

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Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Letters

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A step inside the Kansas Department for Children and Families building, one can see the financial and physical needs of so many Topekans. The single moms with several children living in poverty without proper clothing or warm coats for the cold weather and the disabled individuals without food looking for assistance show there is a need to love these people and understand where they are coming from.

Valeo Behavioral Healthcare recently hired a new CEO, Bill Persinger. One of the first things he did was help serve the annual Thanksgiving meal for the Valeo clients. He and the many staff members and board members truly care about those experiencing poverty issues. Also, those at Breakthrough House -- executive director Lynn Davis and others who work there -- truly care about those who cannot help themselves.

How can we help this winter in Topeka? A donation to a local nonprofit organization or a simple prayer for someone you see who doesn't have a coat can do wonders. I am blessed to have a loving family that gets together over the holidays to celebrate our many blessings. But I know so many at Valeo and places like the Topeka Rescue Mission don't have a supportive network to aid in times of need.

It is important to reach out in simple ways and to pray as well for those who have no support. It is the time of year when Topekans, Kansans and Americans think back to the year of blessings and look to the future with hope and gratitude. Let's reach out and dare to care and not look away when times are tough for others. Let's celebrate the past year of blessings and share blessings with those in need.

REBECCA LYN PHILLIPS, Topeka

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