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The true gift behind the gift cards
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 02. 2014 11:47AM
Some people say gifts cards are too impersonal. I personally feel they’re practical and have their place.

Take for instance this past Christmas. I’m in the market for a new vacuum soon, and so I put a gift card on my Christmas list. I’ll mix that with some Christmas cash I received, a $10-store coupon and some of my own greenbacks, to make one of those “hum-drum life” purchases just a bit more fun to buy.

Gift cards to a certain sporting good store were on the top on my nephew Tim’s list this year, too. Just after he’d unwrapped yet another gift card at our family Christmas, he mentioned that he’d taken in quite a stack of them. I asked if there was something he had his eye on for himself.

“No, not really,” was his response.

Well, then why would this 29-year-old avid hunter and fisherman and dad of three want gift cards to a sporting goods store if there wasn’t something he was after.
Well, he actually was “after” something, but the merchandise specifically wasn’t for him.

“I’m going to buy Carter a gun with them,” he said.

Carter turns 10 this April and as we talked, I learned that Tim has plans to enroll his son in a gun safety program. Then, he’ll be ready to hunt alongside the big boys – his dad, uncles and his grandfathers – this fall.

While I’m always concerned for my family’s safety as they take to the fields each fall, I know that Tim has great respect for the power of a gun, and I’m confident that he’ll pass that knowledge on to Carter – over and over again.

As I drove home late in the afternoon of Christmas Day, I got to thinking about my talk with Tim that day regarding the stack of gift cards he had accumulated this Christmas. He didn’t seem disappointed there were no big gifts to unwrap or and only plastic cash cards that slid out of an envelope.

Sure, some folks say gift cards can be impersonal. But I continue to argue that they’re practical and have their place in the frenzied gift-giving season.

And in this instance, as I see it, the true gift behind gift cards is yet to come.

Happy New Year!
Community organization needs
With the change of seasons comes a change of new needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry. Among the seasonable requests are hot chocolate mix, bottled juices, baking supplies (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, chocolate chips, etc.), snack crackers, pizza sauce, Manwich, oatmeal (in canister).

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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