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(Afro) — For many people, it’s a way of giving thanks, of acknowledging a sacred season by means of giving back to the community. But philanthropy should not be confined to just the end of the year, advocates say.  “It’s a day to day for us, not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, and it’s a lifestyle,” said Gwen Pope, manager of the SHABACH! Emergency Resources and Empowerment Center at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md. And it’s needed more than ever before, Pope and others say. The tentacles of the two-year recession—high unemployment and underemployment, leading foreclosure rates and depleting wealth— continue to have a stranglehold on many Black communities in the area, creating a new class of indigent people.

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