Losses a reminder that good can overcome

Our Colorado community and our country have endured so much this year from the Weber Fire and Waldo Canyon to Superstorm Sandy, from Aurora to Newtown, and all the heart-wrenching moments in between.

Whether an act of nature or an act of man, it can be difficult to fathom the depth of loss. We dont pretend to have the answers as to why such things happen, but we can tell you this: Time and time again, we have seen that when disaster strikes and darkness descends, good people come together to extend compassion and aid to those affected most dearly.

At the Red Cross, we are fortunate to have experienced firsthand the outpouring of kindness that human beings are capable of the type of selfless giving that helps dispel despair and bring hope that, yes, together we can triumph over tragedy.

Tens of thousands of people in Colorado and across our country gave generously to help when fires destroyed livelihoods in our home state, and again when Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast.

Hundreds of volunteers in communities all over Colorado gave their time to answer the call for help, working 12- to 16-hour days for weeks at a time to help bring food, shelter, emotional support and basic health services to victims.

And more than 2,000 of your fellow Colorado residents give their time on a regular basis rendering acts of kindness in response to the small disasters that occur daily and helping us train people to prevent and respond to emergencies such as heart attacks and home fires.

People are good, and collectively, the good can overcome. For every dollar that you have donated, for every hour you have volunteered, for every tear you have shed and prayer you have said, thank you. Your compassion is the spirit that empowers us all to take action when faced with the worst, and to rebuild with hope for a better tomorrow.

Wishing you all peace and kindness during this season of giving.

Cindi Shank, executive director/area disaster manager, Southwest Colorado chapter, American Red Cross

Durango