Stella Fogarty, 4, of Lynn holds toys that she is donating to children in need at the Salem Five Bank in Danvers.

Jourgensen: They shed light on a dark year

I could wrap up my thoughts for 2021 by expounding on COVID-19's relentless slaughter and the widening American political chasm — but who really wants to read another word about those miseries and, for that matter, climate-change Doomsday?

I will focus instead on the bright spots in my life and in the lives of a lot of other people. Hope springs eternal around us and it is supplied by people who go the extra mile to help others and, by their example, chip away at the dark and scary monsters messing up our lives. 

Here are the people who made 2021 brighter and who I firmly believe will make 2022 a great year. 

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