The day has arrived, and none too soon for most people — the end of 2020. None of us could have imagined 12 months ago what was coming our way this year, and none of us will ever forget 2020. Even when things began to change for the worse back in March, we had no clue what was headed toward us.
Someday our kids and grandkids will be telling their children about what life was like during this year of all years. Most, if not all of us, have never experienced anything like it, and we pray that when it’s finally all over, we never experience this sort of thing again.
No, the end of 2020 doesn’t mean the end of COVID, but with vaccinations now beginning, we are seeing a glimmer of light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. We just need to hang in for a bit longer — we will get there.
Normally at the end of each year, people look back at the highlights of the last 12 months. There are probably those who would struggle to come up with any highlights in 2020, but despite all the tragedy and suffering this year, there have indeed been some positive moments.
The tragic wildfires in September carved wide swathes of devastation, but in the aftermath, we have seen communities coming together to help those who suffered loss. There have been countless examples of people selflessly giving of their time and money to provide aid to the fire victims — these efforts have been ongoing now for months.
Most Oregonians have acknowledged the very serious health threat of COVID-19 and have adjusted their lives to minimize, as much as possible, the threat of spreading the disease to others.
And this holiday season, during a time when many people are struggling financially as a consequence of the pandemic, we have seen the generosity of Lincoln County residents. Some organizations have reported record donations of cash, toys and food for those in need. For example, the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign set a record this year. On one day in Newport, nearly $8,000 was donated — the average donation per kettle is a few hundred dollars per day.
As we move into 2021, we look forward to good things to come, and we’re sure they will — don’t forget to look for the rainbow after the storm. We wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.