EDITORIAL: Giving season

EDITORIAL: Giving season

December is a time when we get to indulge ourselves in a little extra food and drink, and receive gifts from family and friends for the holidays.

It is also a time where we get to give to others, including family and friends, and those less fortunate than ourselves.

In Golden, there are so many ways to give to others. We have more than 100 non profit groups in town, working together to make our area a better place to live for everyone. There are countless ways to make sure people have food on the table, gifts for their kids, and other basic needs met in our town.

The Angel Tree is a fun and easy way to help out children in need. The tree is set up at Ace Hardware every year, and people can go and take an ornament, which has the child’s age, and an idea of gifts they would like or need. People can then go shopping for the child, and return the gift to the store to be delivered before Christmas.

To make sure everyone has food in their cupboards and on their tables, a few businesses are getting involved with the Golden Food Bank. The food bank provides food hampers for people in need, which includes healthy items that they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Have you ever had a Christmas without a hot dinner on the table? The Anti Grinch Project, hosted by the Interact Club of Golden, aims to make sure nobody has to go without a warm meal on Christmas day. These students at Golden Secondary School work hard to provide full turkey dinners to families in need. They take nominations leading up to Christmas, and deliver the meals, hot and ready, to the families.

Taking care of our fellow humans is important during the cold months, but we can’t forget about furry orphaned four legged animals either. Little Mittens is hosting pet photos with Santa this Saturday at Pet Valu from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will go to Little Mittens.

There are probably many, many more events and fundraisers going on before Christmas arrives. If you’re in the giving spirit, consider checking out what fundraisers are available in Golden that can impact the lives of your neighbours. Some are more involved, like purchasing gifts for children, and others are as easy as donating a few dollars or non perishable food items.

If you or someone you know are in need of a little extra help this Christmas, please reach out to helpful places like the food bank, or the women’s centre for women and children. There are resources available that can help make this time of year a bit easier.

Golden is a truly unique and caring place to live. Together, we make this community great.

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