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At this time of year it is always inspiring to hear of the many works of goodwill and giving that go on in our community. The Salvation Army “bell ringers” raising funds in malls and on street corners. The Food Bank drives to help bring a meal to a table top for those under privileged. The countless efforts of “hamper drives” to pull together a Christmas hamper for a family in need. Galas and Socials of the season, with an intent of making a charitable or not for profit gift to the needy.  It tis the season for sure. A season of thanksgiving, a season of joy, a season of family gathering, friends re-connecting, neighbours carolling or getting together.

Beyond the christian meaning of the holidays and Christmas is a broader meaning and spirit of peace and joy. It is a time to celebrate all that we have, and to spread a bit of what we have to those who are in need. It’s that time of year, on a cold winter’s night, where I like to remind people of that extra change in their pocket perhaps making a real difference for that person on the street with their hand out. Tis the season of giving. Tis the season of sharing. Tis the season of being thankful for all that we have in our communities, but being mindful of lending a helping hand or gift to those that might still have a need. Tis the season to re-charge, refresh, re-energize for the year that lays ahead.

If you might be looking for a way to help someone in their time of need I’ve included a few links to help you reach out and make a difference. Thanks for all that you do for your community. Tis the season to extend goodwill to our fellow citizens. Tis the season ! @FergDevins  @DevinsNetwork

A few thoughts of agencies who can assist with your giving:

Daily Bread Food Bank

Second Harvest

Ho Ho T.O.

Waterloo House of Friendship

Convenant House – Volunteer

Salvation Army

Food Banks Canada

Holiday Helpers

Hope for Children

Sponsor a Family

Red Door Shelter

Feel free to comment and add your favourite not for profit in our community. Tis the season !