Give back to charities this holiday season

Dec 17, 2013

It’s likely that at some point in your life someone has reached out to help you — a deed that has helped you become the person you are today.

If not, chances are that you will need someone’s help at some point in your life. This is the season for paying the favor forward and help someone else who may be struggling to survive.

Nonprofit organizations like the Salvation Army have recently found themselves short on donations during their busiest time of year. Those donations go to help people with food at Christmas as well as provide fuel and heating assistance throughout the cold winter.

Other churches and organizations work hard to provide the less fortunate in the community with the things they need, including food, shelter, clothing, job skills, support and other essentials. But they can’t do it without help from others.

We understand that the economy is still in a recession and it is harder for people to give, but the unemployment and under employment rate also means that more people are in need.

Even if you can’t give much, every little bit helps. The Salvation Army red kettle fundraiser is a great example of how a little change from your pocket can equate to a big change in someone else’s life.

It is impossible for one person to help everyone, but if we all pick a charity near and dear to our heart and find a way to help out, we can have a significant impact on our community. If you can’t give money, consider volunteering your time, which is just as valuable.

So if you pass by a Salvation Army bell ringer, drop in your pocket change or call the Salvation Army about volunteering to ring the bell for a few hours. Call your church and ask how you can help. Find a local charity and ask what its need is this holiday season.

Giving truly is the greatest gift you can give this season and knowing you helped someone else will stick with you longer than any gift you may find under the tree this year.

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