While so many of us awoke to full stockings and the smell of fresh goodies in the oven, others were hard at work. Before some of us had even gotten out of bed to see what Santa had delivered, firefighters were at the scene of a Christmas morning blaze in downtown La Grande.
No, they don’t wear white hats, like the good guys in the old Western movies, or drive white cars. But the cops are the good guys of the modern world. Proof is the Shop With a Cop program, which helps underprivileged kids have a Christmas while at the same time making them aware that cops are approachable and are there to serve the public and keep the peace.
A story last week in this newspaper highlighted the fact that more than 18,000 kindergarten through 12th grade youth attending school in Oregon lived in some type of homeless condition during the last school year.