Last Friday, two very different headlines were being talked about around the Limestone City. First there was Black Friday shopping madness, which goes hand in hand with spectacular deals on holiday gifts, as well as throngs of consumers fighting in the aisles for the last must have wish list item. The other was the official wrap of up this year’s United Way campaign, which raised a record amount of $3,145,000 that is distributed to Kingston-based community organizations. While both Black Friday fervour and the success of the KFL&A United Way campaign have generosity at their respective cores, the latter is far more significant thanks to the estimated 74,000 local residents who stand to benefit. This got me thinking about altruism and acts of kindness that take place during the holiday season, which subsequently spurred this week’s poll question:
How will you help those who are in need during the holidays?
- Food and gift donations (51%, 38 Votes)
- All of the above (25%, 19 Votes)
- Financial donations (15%, 11 Votes)
- Volunteer time (5%, 4 Votes)
- Something else entirely (4%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 75
Over the past few years we’ve purchased show suits for local children in need, donated roosters and school supplies to people abroad on behalf of family members, as well as dropped off items for inclusion in the Foodbank’s holiday hamper. This year we’ve been batting around the idea of donating a little something extra, our time. As I take stock of the weeks to come, I have four holiday parties to attend or otherwise host, three Christmas dinners, and a few other social engagements with friends who are making the rounds while they’re back in the area. While my time is definitely in short supply during the silly season, I feel as though volunteering to help prepare or serve a meal at an area shelter might be a great opportunity to connect, and reap the true rewards of giving. In that respect, I’d love to hear what you and your family are doing to help make the holidays special for those who are less fortunate. If you’ve got any leads for me, or other readers looking to volunteer time and energy during the holidays, please drop off a few comments below.
Special thanks to pure9 for today’s photo.