Why a healthy dose of charitable giving is good for what ails North Texas

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We in the news business are no strangers to the barrage of political strife and mayhem in this community. That’s why it’s so gratifying when we can celebrate the goodness our neighbors.

Their giving spirit was once again on display during this year’s Dallas Morning News Charities campaign, which recently ended with donations of $1.13 million to help charities that serve North Texas’ homeless and hungry. Twenty nonprofits will benefit from the generosity of 1,300 donors who gave gifts small and large.

The money — 100 percent of it — goes to support services such as a food, shelter, clothing and basic necessities at agencies throughout the area, from Cedar Hill to Dallas to Frisco. The agencies work to help transform the lives of homeless youth. They provide support services to find housing and jobs. They work to help break the cycle of poverty.

The Dallas area has many resources, but there are still so many folks here in a persistent struggle to make ends meet. In Dallas, a third of children are poor. Fundraising campaigns are sorely needed to help agencies fill in the financial gaps.

And it turns out, there’s a lot in it for the giver, too. A growing body of research shows that charitable giving and volunteering is good for your health. Researchers have found that doing good helps reduce stress and depression and has a positive impact on physical and mental health contributing to a longer life.

This year’s successful campaign, in its 32nd year, is a powerful example of the good that can be accomplished when neighbors pull together to help each other. The donors have embraced the notion that when some among us suffer, we all suffer.

So, take a bow, North Texas.

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