Today, the Tracy Community Council of the United Way (full disclosure: I happen to be a member) sifted through applications for its annual grants. It's the first round of a process to determine which worthy charities get local UW funding this fiscal year.
The choices are never easy.
It will be especially so this year, as the demand for money is up, even though there seems to be less money to go around.
This is truly a season of need, even though the traditional holiday giving season is five months away. Expect it to remain that way until the recession is over, which according to various estimates might not be unitl 2012.
Consider this a plea on behalf of the area's tireless do-gooders: Donate if you can.
If you want a list of possible recipients, here's a start.