Last week, we wrote about how Lebanon kicked off the holiday season with Christmas-themed events. This week, the events we wrote about in the news section of the paper (both on A1) showcase the generosity and true Christmas Spirit of Lebanon. 

Lebanon's medical school, COMP-Northwest, hosted a donor memorial service to honor people who decided to donate their bodies to science so medical students could learn anatomy. We heard from family members that it was hard for them to give up their loved one's body to the school. 

That is why it was so humbling, and touching to see and hear stories about the people who donated themselves, and to hear from the students (most of them first-year students) about the importance learning anatomy from an actual human being. At the service, we heard that other medical schools may be moving away from cadavers to synthetics, or from computer models; however, it's hard to imagine that those alternatives would provide the depth that an actual human being offers. 

It is quite the gift to donate oneself to science, which is why it was so nice to see such a touching, student-led ceremony thanking the families of the donors. 

The generosity of Lebanon showed again this past weekend, when the Road Maggots hosted their 10th annual toy drive starting at Walgreens and ending at the River Center. 

Following the motorcycle run through town, a large pile of unwrapped toys dropped off at the church, and we attempted to get an number of donations, but were told that it would be impossible to even get a number, and even harder to estimate a value of all the toys that were donated. Part of the problem with determining that number is that donations were still being dropped off as we asked that question. 

The Road Maggots asked for the community help out with gifts for families who may not be able to afford them otherwise, and the community responded with a huge amount of donations and hundreds of motorcycle riders participating in the fundraiser. 

That is quite the achievement. Way to go Lebanon!

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