The season of giving is upon us. We each have the opportunity to make a difference in our own small way. And if we come together to support our local community and residents through Council-sponsored holiday goodwill initiatives we can collectively do more.
The Council has approved two holiday initiatives to lead that effort and requests your support.
The first is to support the mailing of care packages to send to our troops abroad. The care packages will help comfort those who have been deployed for many, many months. Tax-deductible contributions to support the local initiative, Citadel Heroes Project, will be collected at the November 1st Council meeting (November meeting is one week earlier due to Election Day). Separate mailings can be mailed directly to The Citadel Heroes Project.
The second effort is a repeat to last year’s successful campaign to “adopt” children from the HALOS Holiday Angel Tree. HALOS is a local nonprofit organization based in the offices of DSS on Rivers Avenue and their mission is to provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers. The number of children this organization serves annually is astonishing. We have been given ten wishlists of local children served by HALOS. Please email Christine Beddia to sign up to make a child’s holiday wish come true. As was the case last year, we can “adopt” more as more volunteers step forward to make gift purchases for those less fortunate.
Details of HALOS gift-giving:
Email Christine Beddia expressing interest in “adopting”
Make purchases according to child’s wishlist (e.g. Mikenzii, female, age 5 wishes for a baby alive doll, and easy bake oven and dishes)
Submit well-labeled gifts–wrapped or unwrapped- to President Christine Beddia by Sunday, December 4th.
Thank you for helping to make others’ lives a little better this holiday season by giving and supporting these worthy causes on behalf of our neighborhood.