If I may get on a soapbox for a minute, the most important gift giving is not making sure our loved ones have the latest consumer goods they’ve asked for. It is supporting any number of charities that likely use the holidays as their prime fundraising time.
For example, the Salvation Army. Things aren’t so rosy for them at the moment.
As of Dec. 15, the charitable organization had only met 34 percent of their yearly goal. The Salvation Army said part of the dip may be due to “slow delivery of mail by the post office,” but there’s no denying the drop in donations.
The shortfall will be felt across the region.
This year alone, the Salvation Army has provided over 139,000 meals to the homeless and given 43,000 metro Atlanta families financial assistance for food and shelter.
Next year’s need is expected to be even greater.
Most of us likely won’t be able to make such donations, I’d assume.
For our readership going to Mass on Christmas, Catholic Charities has their annual second collection. Most of the money raised in Atlanta will stay within the archdiocese. Catholic Charities is the largest non-governmental service provider in the United States. You really can’t devote more to programs than they do. Here’s a small story of what they’ve done here lately.
So please, give what you can, wherever you can, to whomever you can. With our ongoing economic malaise, any help will be even more meaningful.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and have a Good New Year.