This holiday season, consider charity, those less fortunate

Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, it is easy to get caught in the holiday rush, feel the pull of corporate shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday and get lost in planning grand annual festivities.

We’d encourage you to find the time and money this season to consider the less fortunate here on the Kenai Peninsula, throughout the state and across the world. Despite what we might think, there are those — in fact the majority of the world — that have less than we do, just enough to get by day to day, let alone celebrate the holidays.

Thankfully there are a number of organizations that help the nation’s and world’s poor and there are numerous local groups doing charitable work that could benefit from your donation.

Give what you can spare, please.

If you are looking for a gift idea for a hard-to-shop-for relative you can always donate in their name, or give a gift card to an organization with the mission to support the less fortunate.

Perhaps you’d like to let someone decide which organization you will donate a part of your Personal Fund Dividend to through the Pick. Click. Give program as a gift.

Maybe you’d care to call one of the local animal shelters, food banks, homeless shelters or other organizations to see what supplies they might need and donate a package either from yourself or for another.

In addition to material objects, communities are always in need of volunteer time and effort either formally or informally. Maybe that’s walking dogs at the shelter, shelving books at the library or helping out at the senior center. Perhaps you know a neighbor that could use help shoveling snow or doing work around the house.

Also don’t forget to tell the people you have in your life how much you appreciate them and just what they mean to you. You’d be surprised how often we forget to tell each other such simple things and how much they mean to the recipient.

In short: Indeed, the holiday season is about giving and not receiving. But this year we’d encourage you not just to think about those in your circle of family and friends, but also those who are less fortunate and consider giving gifts that benefit the great meaning of holiday spirit.

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