This is my favorite time of the year. It’s a time for family, friends, and reflection; but most of all, it is a time to give thanks. While we all have faced challenges over the past year, what remains is our collective sense of hope. I feel that hope as Brian and I move throughout our communities.
Today I’d like to focus on the upcoming Christmas celebrations and the need for community involvement. Volunteers provide the very backbone for all non-profit organizations and the Chamber is no exception. Without the support of volunteers that so generously give of their time, many of the large-scale events that take place all year long would be impossible to do. If you are looking for ways to become more involved in the community, just keep in mind that it is not always about money (although donations to your favorite organizations are always welcome) it is your time and you showing up that is appreciated the most.
Last Christmas I witnessed an overwhelming outpouring of community generosity in supplying Christmas gifts to area children. The effort I participated in was through Catholic Charities and Community Resources, but there were other churches and organizations as well that made sure that our area children and their families had gifts and a holiday meal. The message was that “you are not alone, we see you, you are family”. I have no doubt that this year will be equally as special.
Below are links to community activities that you are welcome to participate in. I hope to see many of you there: