Abraham and Vanover took an idea, improved it and turned it into a wonderful gift to the community. Their engagement and buy-in is just the sort of thing you find all over Riverside. It makes the city an exciting place, and one that cares for its own. There are many other people just like them; writer Carla Sanders profiles a few for us in our Heroes of Giving feature in this issue. The doctors, nurses and other folks who par ticipated in a community surgery day at Kaiser Permanente — offering free medical care to patients who could use some assistance — also fit that category. They are inspiring stories for this, or any, season. Happy holidays.