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Nov. 22: Volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for people in the Queens borough of New York City, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
Nov. 22: Volunteers prepared Thanksgiving dinners for people in the Queens borough of New York City, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Mario Tama/Getty Images
Enough of the bad news for a moment.
Smack in the middle of the holiday season, here's something that underscores how generous many Americans are:
The organizations also estimate that "two out of three Americans (65.1% or 143.7 million individuals) volunteered informally by doing favors for and helping out their neighbors, an increase of 9.5 percentage points from last year."
Of course, natural disasters — such as Superstorm Sandy — increase the need for volunteers. So there is something of a flip side to this story.
But as we said, there's more than enough bad news around. Let's focus on the positive for a moment.
Note: That's just a question, not a survey of public opinion.