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Help make someone's Christmas merry

These are difficult times for a lot of people. More and more of us know people who have lost a job or who have lost their homes. Others struggle to pay the bills every month. Many are focused on providing for their own families this holiday season, and there seems to be less time than ever to think about helping others who have things even tougher.

Farmington's annual Toys for Town drive provides some evidence of the struggles many face. There are more than 90 families -- more than 240 children -- looking for a little help this Christmas. That number is up from last year, and donations have been slow to come.

Donations were down at Farmington High School, which in recent years has donated more than $10,000 in cash and toys to the drive. But students should still be proud to have brought in somewhere in the neighborhood of $7,000 for their friends and neighbors. They turned that donation over to Farmington police chief Brian Lindquist at a Tuesday morning assembly.

Last week, the Independent featured the story of two Farmington sisters who asked their friends to buy birthday gifts not for them but for Toys for Town. If someone gave them a gift card, they used it to buy more for the drive.

Those donations plus some money left over from previous years should go a long way toward getting things done this year, but there is still time to give. Wrapping for this year's drive will take place Saturday at Farmington High School. That leaves a couple of days still to make a donation. For those who can't give a gift or cash, it's a chance to step forward and help in another way.Wrap some presents. Deliver some gifts.

Even in hard times, it's possible to make someone else's Christmas a little merrier. Farmington residents have always come through in the past, and we expect they will again.