I hope, as the season closes in, you will find time to visit at least one person who is alone, or if you can’t do that, send a gift. There are so many ways to help. The Shepherd’s Staff collects items to fill 800 stockings annually. Many are for children, but they also fill Sacks for Seniors and are accepting items like writing pads, pens, socks, soap, deodorant, tissues and more. Distribution begins at their “Evening by the Fire” event from 5 to 7 p.m. on December 14 at The Shepherd’s Staff office on Carroll Street.