Holidays are a time we spend with our loved ones. We give each other love and different forms of appreciation. During Thanksgiving we display gratitude for everything we have received throughout the year. But during the Christmas season we think about gifts to give to family and friends.
However, do we ever take the time to think of the less fortunate and how we can give back to our community? Here in the Coachella Valley there are many homeless shelters and families that are not able to afford Thanksgiving meals, much less a gift for their loved ones.
There are many different types of charity events to which we can contribute. Last month Martha’s Village & Kitchen along with FIND Food Bank made a difference by having their annual Thanksgiving Day 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds went towards helping to end hunger in the Coachella Valley. Events such as the 5K run encourage the community to be involved and help each other out in difficult times of need.
The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission (CVRM) is also contributing to our community by having their annual Toy Drive. The Toy Drive gives children that are less fortunate a toy that they would otherwise not receive. Throughout the Coachella Valley there are many organizations and businesses that have a toy drop box for anyone to donate an unwrapped or new toy. For listings of drop box locations please log on to CVRM website: www.cvrm.org/annual-toy-drive-2014/
Giving back doesn’t necessarily mean donating money; we can also donate our time. Many shelters throughout the Coachella Valley allow individuals to help by serving food to families during the holidays and throughout the year.
Making a difference in our community gives us an opportunity to help families that really are in need. Anything, small or big, makes a difference, even donating a dollar to The Salvation Army volunteers outside of the local Wal-Mart stores will make a difference in a family’s life.