Why the generosity of Leeds shows the true power of kindliness at Christmas - Laura Collins, YEP Editor
Christmas is a time for families and communities to come together to take a moment to celebrate those who make our lives so very special.
It’s a time for reflecting and pausing on the year that was as well as being firmly rooted in nostalgia.
The festive period provides an opportunity to remember the magic of a day that captivated so many of us as children.
And for many it is the perfect excuse to unleash our inner child - even if it is just for one day.
But above all it is the season of goodwill.
And no more has that sheer reflection of kindliness been demonstrated than right here in our big-hearted city.
Last week Leeds and the wider rugby family network were left shocked by the news that Rhinos hero Rob Burrow was battling motor neurone disease.
A fund was subsequently launched to help support Rob and his family.
Within 24 hours the fund had topped more than £100,000 and as cash continues to pour in from fans, the wider rugby family and those who were moved by their battle it seeks as a reminder of the generosity of the human spirit.
Over the last few weeks there have been some remarkable displays of kindness across Leeds.
There were those of you who have found the time to buy and wrap dozens of presents to be sent to some of the city’s most vulnerable children so they have a gift on Christmas Day.
And last week also saw the launch of the Yorkshire Evening Post backed Big Thank You campaign which aims to celebrate those who go above and beyond over the winter period.
And as Christmas fast approaches us I’d like to round off by wishing a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all of our fantastic readers.
You make the Yorkshire Evening Post what it is by investing your trust and loyalty in us every single day that you read our stories online or put your hand in your pocket to purchase this very newspaper.
And as long as you continue to put your faith in us you can always count on your YEP to champion our great city.
We’ll carry on shouting from the rooftops about the great things that happen right on our doorsteps.
Or as we have been doing for the last few weeks - shout out extremely loudly for the people of Leeds to fight for our city or change the narrative.
So enjoy the time with your families and loved ones and thank you again for your continued support.