For those of us that are fortunate, the holiday season is a time that we create lasting memories of time spent with family and friends in this season of holiday giving. We’ll reflect back on our favorite family meals, gift giving, and shared laughter. Good times!
Yet, in our very own community are those children and families who live in a place of lack and hopelessness. Because this is not our reality, it is easy to overlook this truth for far too many. I am asking you to see them.
As we busily visit stores and click away online, purchasing gifts for our loved ones, let us remember those who live in poverty. For these children and families, the holidays are a stark reminder of what they don’t have and have no ability to give to their loved ones.
It is in our hands to bring some light into the lives of others in need. Please take a moment to read about our many programs, such as HANDLE WITH CARE, an annual fund to provide for basic needs of those who come to us for help often when there is no other community resource. Read about the many ways that you can give—and the wish lists of children. Read about the holidays in Gail’s House, a shelter at Family & Children Services that becomes home to children when they can no longer live with their families.
For my part, and speaking on behalf of staff members and families we serve, I want to thank each and every one of you for your generosity now and throughout the year. You have already brought so much light into the lives of our families—and helped us to shine a light on those in our community who too often live in the shadows, forgotten.
Thank you for seeing, acting, and not forgetting!
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services