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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-19-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE Commit to local this holiday season Our local merchants need us more than ever this holiday season. That's why I've made the commitment on Twitter do every last bit of my Christmas shopping this year with companies and people in our communi- ties instead of sending my money to far-off places. The campaign has developed a bit of a following from others who are eager to do the same, and I hope you will also consider joining in. Admittedly, my wife is a bit nervous about how cre- ative I might get here, but I've assured her that I'll come through. It won't be easy to achieve 100 percent local shopping, but I believe it's an important exercise and one that that's proven to be quite fun in the past on a more limited scale. My go-to resource when it comes to finding local com- panies to support is this Holiday Gift Guide, which is always chock-full of fun ads marketing unique and fun gift ideas. It's always one of our most popular offerings, and our hope this year is that this popularity will trans- late into widespread efforts to support local businesses. If we're going to preach the importance of supporting local businesses in our communities, why would we abandon them at the most important time of the year? The lingering impact of the pandemic only heightens the urgency. We hope this magazine will give you a bit of a head start as you look to be thoughtful in your shopping choices. And if anyone has a fun gift idea that my wife might like, hit me up. - Ethan Shorey, Valley Breeze Editor

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