No, not THAT Christmas village… I’m just a fan of the notion that it takes community involvement to make the world go ’round. So instead of getting overwhelmed by my own holiday preparation lists (cards, gifts, baking, groceries, parties…) I’m taking care of the most important parts first, thanks to the organization that keeps me grounded, the Junior League of Charlottesville. I’ve done angel tree donations for many years, but now, I give through the League, to support our community partners, so I have no doubt about whether or not my gifts will get where they should go, whether or not they’ll make a difference.
However this year, my deepest gratitude is stirred by our members. As we move through the process of finding a new, more relevant community focus issue, we’re getting to know our non-profit neighbors better. At our next meeting, we’re collecting food for the Emergency Food Bank. On top of that, we’re donating our catering budget for this meeting to them too, even though that means our members who come straight from work won’t have substantial food available at the meeting, because we’re all very aware that too many in our community have very real food challenges.
Are hunger issues a problem in your community? (The answer is yes… no matter where you live.) Here, we have a significant working poor population, who don’t necessarily qualify for permanent assistance, but they still need help putting food on the table, sometimes just once or twice, sometimes on a more regular basis. As we crawl out of our Thanksgiving food comas, take a moment to think about the under-served in your community, and consider making a donation of time, talent or funds.
Do you have a holiday giving tradition of the community sort?