For many of us, the holiday season reminds us of what matters most in life – the people around us. Although in many ways we may feel that the season has become too commercial, for most of us it is still a time when we truly do reflect on one of our most deeply held values: selflessness. We spend more time with family. We shop for that special gift that will bring a smile to someone’s face. We visit friends and relatives, especially the elderly who may not be able to come and visit us. Filled with this spirit of brotherly love, some of us spend time volunteering at a homeless shelter, or we make a donation to the food pantry. This abundance of generosity is a godsend to organizations that rely on volunteers and donations to replenish their own energies and resources at the end of the year.
However, the need lasts through the year, and after the welcome rush of holiday generosity has passed, many groups find themselves once again struggling to try to help those in need.
Now that Thanksgiving is a memory, Christmas is somehow already behind us, and with only one more day of Hannukkah left, please consider making a final 2011 tax-deductible contribution to the organization of your choice. A financial contribution will allow a food pantry, soup kitchen or homeless shelter to put the funds exactly where they are needed most, when they are needed most. It will help your local community be better prepared to help a neighbor in need in 2012.
Not sure who needs your help? Check out this list of organizations in Massachusetts who are doing good work and would welcome your assistance.