By Erin Garcia
For many of us, Thanksgiving and Christmas are times to show our appreciation to our family members, but for many families in our city, it’s a time of struggle. Not having enough money to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving, choosing whether to pay a bill or buy a gift, and for some, not having a family to celebrate with are possible scenarios people stuffle with. It’s time to help those in need and give back to our community.
Every year the San Antonio Food Bank holds a canned food drive. Donate a can to help feed families around San Antonio, or take it a step further and volunteer. The San Antonio Food Bank is always looking for volunteers, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year. You can help sort and pack non-perishable foods, track drop offs, and load boxes into the trucks. Your help would be greatly appreciated by the Food Bank and all the families in need.
The Elf Louise Christmas Project is an annual event where you can help wrap donated Christmas gifts. This year, due to COVID-19, they can not hold this event. Instead, they are asking members of our community to donate money to help the organization buy toys for those in need, so everyone can unwrap a gift on Christmas.
“Adopting” or sponsoring a disadvantaged child or family isn’t hard. Go to any Salvation Army and ask to be paired with a family or child. They give you a list of items the family is asking for and you give what you can. Sponsoring a family is a great way to help out any family in need.
Whether you’re donating your time, talent, or treasure, it all makes a big difference. As a community, we should come together and help those in need. Appreciate everything you have. Something so little to you, like a turkey on Thanksgiving, can make a big difference to one family. It’s a time of giving, showing love, and unity. That’s what the holidays are about.