This is a community of compassion and caring during a time of need

When all is dark and when we are searching for answers, it is good to know that there are people out there that provide support and help. The horrific tragedy that took place in Connecticut on Friday left many with a feeling of loss and deep sorrow. It will take many of us a long time to come to terms with what happened at that elementary school. The irony is that this is the most joyous time of year where many are celebrating holidays and preparing for the new year. It is the time of year that we think about others rather than ourselves. So, it is benefiting that there is such an outpouring of support and love for those who have suffered.
It is the outpouring of love in our community that was witnessed this past weekend that has reinvigorated my love for La Habra. As you will see in this issue, the events that took place this past weekend show how much this community cares.

I personally was in awe at the hundreds of students that filled Sonora High School’s commons Saturday. They were there, not because they were supposed to for an assignment or to get extra credit for a class. They were there to give back to the community in a huge way.
The annual food drive, which is much more than food, allowed the students to provide food, blankets, toys and love to families in the community who are struggling this time of year. They spend three weeks working on this and the tireless effort put on by the students and the teachers are admirable.

Albertson’s in La Habra (on Whittier and Beach) stepped up and helped with discounts and more inventory.

The La Habra Host Lions and other community partners put on the second annual Operation Santa Toy Drive. The Classic Car show last week in the parking lot of the CVS Distribution Center brought in hundreds of toys and donations that the organizers were able to give out Saturday to children in the community. Rides, food, games and even a visit by Santa brought smiles and spread much needed holiday cheer to those who attended.

The city of La Habra Heights and the La Habra Heights Improvement Association brought a winter wonderland to the Park at Hacienda. The snow brought in allowed local children to see the snow and participate in a three-hour long snowball fight. The energy given off by the children’s laughter and happiness were so much that it could power our community for years to come.

In addition to these outreach programs, there are a number of efforts put on by the many churches throughout our community. There are the random acts by neighbors who cook food and leave it on the doorsteps of neighbors who might be in need this time of year.

These acts of kindness and love are examples for us to see just how great this community truly is. It bands together and cares about its members. It makes us feel proud of who we are and provides light in time of darkness.

At this time, we at the La Habra Journal are grateful to be able to provide the newspaper to this great community and are looking forward to all the wonderful things in 2013.

So, from the entire staff at the La Habra Journal, Happy Holidays and here is to a great new year!

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.