As the winds turn colder, and the hats & mittens are unearthed from the linen closet, holiday hoopla is in full swing! Many of us are dashing our way to the grocery store (again) for the grocery item we forgot yesterday, and dancing our way through the aisles at the store to find the perfect item for the office holiday party. Between batches of cookies this weekend, as I was re-checking my family holiday gift list, I realized that amid the times of holiday chaos — putting up the Christmas tree, decorating the house, running my son holiday events — there was one thing that I did not have to worry about. Having enough. Enough time? Well, we always feel like there is not enough of that, but, no…invariably things get done in the end. I did not have to worry about having enough resources. I didn’t have to worry about having enough money to pay for the forgotten grocery item. I didn’t have to worry about my car having enough gas to get me there. I didn’t have to worry about having enough extra in the bank to purchase gifts for my son this year. We are resource rich. We are blessed enough to have been able to ‘adopt’ a family in need for the holidays, as well. It gave me great joy to have been able to support a family of five with comfort items like blankets, socks, hats, mitten and a few treats and sweets. Not everyone in our community has the stability that we as a family sometime take for granted. There are folks that do not have access to the basic needs that sustain, support and nurture them. This is where organizations like Kishwaukee United Way enters the picture. We are proud to have launched the 211 resource and referral helpline earlier this year. Calling 211 is a way for families that might not have what they need, to find it – holiday help, utility assistance, or a referral for a struggling family member. When a person calls 211, they are connected to a friendly voice — one that has a database of resources in DeKalb County at their fingertips, and a compassionate ear for service. There are numerous nonprofit agencies helping families at the holiday time – and year round. United Way is proud to support their work as well – be it through interventions for teens struggling at home through Youth Service Bureau, to a hot meal delivered to a senior through VAC’s Meals on Wheels, to the shelter and support provided to victims of violence at Safe Passage…and many, many more. So are you resource rich? Do you have enough? If so, we invite you to make a gift to Kishwaukee United Way this season, so that we may continue to lift up others, giving them a hand up, not a hand out – so that we all have enough for ourselves and our families. Happy Holidays to you all!
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