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12/9/2011 7:53:12 PM EST
|Reaching Out to those in Need
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We may not like to hear about it. But at this time of year, some people are in need of a helping hand.
If you can not help, then help them know of other places that may be able to help.
Wishing everyone a great Holiday.
Here are some ideas or organizations to get help if you are needing it for the Holidays.
Contact local charities and civic organizations to find out about their outreach to the needy during Christmastime. Catholic Charities offers help to the needy year round, with extra food baskets, toys and emergency assistance during the holidays. Christmas help for low income families might be as close as the local Catholic Charities or other nearby civic charity office.
Find out if there is a Salvation Army in your area. The Salvation Army will often help with toy vouchers, food, clothing vouchers and other means. Their classic bell ringers collect donations to help the needy, and they put these donations to good use providing Christmas help for low income families
Inquire at your church, asking the pastor or community outreach coordinator about receiving assistance for your family or a needy family you know. If your church is collecting food items or toys for Christmas giving, ask if you qualify to be a recipient.
Explore area churches, especially those in wealthier neighborhoods, for additional assistance in providing holiday gifts, winter clothing, jackets and food for your family. Many religious congregations have committees organized to help coordinate Christmas help for low income families.
Ask the utility company for information about winter assistance with heating and electric bills. Find out what programs they refer needy families to in order to receive assistance keeping the electricity on.
Keep an eye out for local toy drives and food drives. Contact the coordinators about the needy family you are helping, to find out if there is extra for them.
Look up your local food bank and find out the requirements to receive food and produce through them, and if they have extra food baskets during the holidays to help provide Christmas help for low income families.
Accept offers from family and friends to help out in your time of need. That's what friends and family are for--to help each other through the rough times, together.
Listen to local radio, pick up area newspapers, and keep an eye out for signs announcing various programs to assist the needy at Christmas. Your community may have Christmas baskets for low income families, toys for needy children, and other help for the Holidays you won't find any other way.
Unfortunately, there are thousands of needy people out in the world. We must do what we can to help each other. Even though sometimes, when these people are trying to do their best, it is still not enough. They may just need a helping hand.
If in a position, be that helping hand, if you can.
You will never know when the tables may be turned.
My best to everyone and Happy Holidays and hope everyone has a fantastic New Year.
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