Ideas for giving back this holiday

GRAFTON—Whether people are buying gifts for a family in need, volunteering at a local food pantry, or helping an elderly neighbor clear their driveway, giving back during the holiday season is incredibly important.  We tend to call this time, “the most wonderful time of the year”, but it’s often easy for us to forget that for a lot of people and families in our own community, it’s not.

While folks may be rushing around to make sure their children get the right color scooter or deciding which pair of name-brand shoes to buy, let’s not forget those who may not be so lucky. 

It’s important to remember that many families go without gifts during the holiday season, and sometimes even without a hot meal or a warm place to sleep. 

It’s easy to fall victim to the commercial nature of the holiday season, but the true spirit of the holiday comes from giving back, giving thanks and lending a helping hand to those in need and take the younger generation along to learn the importance of helping their community. 

Taylor county has many ways available for citizens to give back during this holiday season.  One of the most popular ways is to pick a needy child from a Salvation Army Angel Tree.  Many local businesses in Taylor county feature Salvation Army Angel Trees.

“We have an angel tree that still has cards on it that need fulfilled.  Tom and I have had an angel tree every season since we have opened.  It’s very important to us that these children have a nice Christmas.  Please come down and pick one up,” said Donna Hart of Espresso Yourself Coffee House. 

The Salvation Army Angel Trees provide families in need with gifts of toys, clothing and other items for children from infants to 12 years old.  It allows children who might not have a Christmas at all a chance to enjoy coming down the stairs to find presents under the tree.

The Taylor County Family Resources find this to be one of their busiest times of the year.  They have had many drives and giveaways including a diaper drive for diapers, wipes and Ziploc bags, a warm clothing drive and fresh food giveaways.

The Taylor County Family Resources work hard all year long to help disadvantaged families in Taylor county, and keep the help local.  Please help them continue these good works by giving to them through bids on the Festival of Trees, held at Gallery 62 West.  The funds from these trees help the TCFR to continue their good works throughout the year and also go to help maintain Gallery 62 West.

This First Friday, the TCFR will partner with the Taylor County Arts Council to offer a free showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at Gallery 62 West, with snacks provided, happening at 6pm as well as crafts beginning at 4pm.  This is open for all children.

So if its throwing a couple of coins in the Salvation Army bucket, picking a needy child off of an angel tree, giving to your churches efforts, giving to the TCFR or supporting the local soup kitchen please  remember the less fortunate right here in Taylor county this holiday season.


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