Chamber offers perfect gift

There’s no denying that this area has been adversely affected by the slowdown in the real estate market.

The impact has reached nearly every aspect of enterprise in the community and, though we all know it will bounce back in a matter of time, many of us also worry about the short-term ramifications. It’s human nature for people to be a little more thrifty at times like this, and completely understandable.

It’s also human nature in this community to act humanitarian.

Mountaire Farms recently packed up meals for the less-fortunate as part of its annual Thanksgiving for Thousands charitable event. This year, Mountaire teamed with Hocker’s SuperCenter and the Dagsboro Church of God, and raised enough money and food donations to feed 14,000 people across Delmarva. That’s the most the organization has ever been able to feed — and that comes from the hard work of organizers, and incredible charitable donations by the region as a whole.

On the front page of this week’s Coastal Point, you can read all about the incredible gift bestowed by the late Russell Shockley — a local man who was born with congenital deformity in both upper extremities, and had severe limitations of his movement.

That did not stop Shockley from leaving one last set of gifts to the world that will most certainly help others.

Shockley left $150,000 to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, where he received endless hours of treatment for his ailment as a youth, and $150,000 to the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company, a department where he volunteered a good amount of his time. To finish the giving, Shockley asked that his body be donated to the Anatomy Gifts Registry, so that medical and scientific research can be conducted by experts to help people in the future.

The economy might be in a little slump in this community right now, but the philanthropy and selflessness continues to shine brightly.