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Opening your hearts

The Day is for a 12th holiday season asking readers to “Make a Difference” in the lives of their southeastern Connecticut neighbors. The experience from the prior 11 years assures us you will make a big difference.

Daily during the holiday season, The Day, in its print edition and on, will feature a request to help a person or family in need, often because of a temporary crisis. The requests vary — help in furnishing an apartment after being forced from home by domestic violence; gift cards and cash donations to get a family through a rough spot after an illness; coats for folks in a homeless shelter; help to get a car, vital for a job, fixed — but the common theme is that the generosity of strangers can make a life-changing difference.

Yes, the need is there all year, and people provide help all year through charitable giving. But, this time of year, people seemed particularly moved to give in a personal way.

As Fred explained to his Uncle Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol”:

“I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round … as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time … when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.”

We thank you for opening yours.


The Day editorial board meets regularly with political, business and community leaders and convenes weekly to formulate editorial viewpoints. It is composed of President and Publisher Tim Dwyer, Editorial Page Editor Paul Choiniere, Managing Editor Tim Cotter, Staff Writer Julia Bergman and retired deputy managing editor Lisa McGinley. However, only the publisher and editorial page editor are responsible for developing the editorial opinions. The board operates independently from the Day newsroom.


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