Our two publications provide news to Morinville and area year round at absolutely no cost to readers. Despite the headline to this editorial, we are not suggesting that we are going to start charging readers for either our online or print publication. But we do believe MorinvilleNews.com and Morinville News are worth at least a buck a week.

So we are asking our readers, both online and offline, to take that buck a week or whatever monetary values you feel either publication is worth to you and commit that money to a local charitable initiative. Here are a few suggestions for you depending on what you think news about what is happening in the community is worth to you.

If you think our news is worth a buck a week, you could take your $50 and make a donation to the Morinville Food Bank Society. You’d be helping some folks in need who are hit by tough times in this economy.

If you think our news is worth $2 a week, you could take that $100 and donate it to the Morinville Community Library to help them continue to offer great programs in Morinville. Plus you’ll get a tax receipt.

Now if you think our news is worth $3 a week, you could accumulate $150 that would go a long way towards helping the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation with their work in raising awareness about and helping victims of domestic violence.

Think we’re worth $4 a week? That’s $200 a year that could be given to the Midstream Support Society to help them help those they assist on a week to week basis or put a smile on four children’s faces come Christmas 2016.

We’re not actually asking you to put a value on the news our print and online editions brings you each week, but we do hope we have shown you how a small sum each week can go a long way towards helping some community groups and programs that are here year round. They are organizations people in this community can count on in a way we can only hope to emulate.

Give it some consideration. Give them some money. And if you cannot give them some cash; maybe give them some time.
As we reflect this week on the value of volunteerism, please consider whatever time you can spare to assist with your children’s school, sports teams, or organizations that assist your neighbours.

– Stephen Dafoe, Publisher

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