The Spirit of the Season
By Daniel E DAngelo Esq on December 30, 2015
This week the D’Angelo Blog is going to cover a topic a bit out of our normal range. We think it’s important to remember that we’re part of something larger than ourselves – a community of people striving to survive.
For many Americans, the Holiday Season is something looked upon fondly. Sure it can be stressful from time to time, but the stress usually stems from our own creations (Cards, presents, social gatherings). Sometimes the pace of November and December get the better of us, and we rush around like mad men and women focusing solely on ourselves or our families. It is these times that the true spirit of the holidays, togetherness, compassion, and celebration, can get lost or obstructed.
The next time you get caught up in the season – try to take a step back and remember what it’s all about. Giving back to your community through various charitable organizations is something that should be on all of our minds year round, but it can be especially important during the holiday season. The weather can make things exceedingly
difficult for those already struggling, and the season can be a stark reminder of just how bad an unfortunate situation is.
How Can You Help?
Lending a hand may seem out of your reach, but trust us, it’s not. Even if you
don’t have extra money to donate there are things you can do. In fact, donating time often makes an impact just as big, if not bigger, than simply donating money. After all, writing a check is quicker, takes less planning and thought, and isn’t as personal as dedicating yourself to spending time and effort into making a difference. So what can you do to give back in the Denver area? We’ve put together a list of some of the easier ways to connect with people and give back during the holiday season, so keep reading!
Denver Charity and Volunteer Opportunities
- Food Bank of the Rockies
- This local organization provides food for over 400,000 people per year. They work with a variety of hunger relief partner agencies to deliver meals to those in need on a daily basis. They run food drives and a host of other events throughout the region and help bridge the gap between collection and distribution.
- To learn how you can help, follow the link: http://www.foodbankrockies.org/take-action/volunteer/
- Clothes to Kids of Denver
- Another local group, Clothes to Kids of Denver does just what the name implies – they help local children in need of clothing. They have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and would be more than happy to have you helping. They need help in store, stocking and working as a shopping assistant, and outside of the store washing and repairing clothes, among a variety of other tasks. In addition to these roles, Clothes to Kids of Denver is often seeking help in operations and managing special programs.
- For more information about volunteering with CTKD, follow this link: http://clothestokidsdenver.org/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer/
- Meals on Wheels – Denver Volunteers of America
- Meals on Wheels is another service that provides full nourishing meals consisting of a main course, vegetables, fruits, and other recommended food offerings. However, this groups focusing on serving senior citizens who are limited in mobility. The organization ensures that meals are healthy and fall in line with the needs of the elderly population they serve. They need help delivering meals and donations to help purchase the food.
- For more information about helping Meals for Wheels, keep reading here: http://www.voacolorado.org/gethelp-denvermetro-foodnutrition-mow
These charity groups represent a fraction of what you can do in the greater Denver area to help your fellow humans in need. And remember, it doesn’t have to be the holiday season in order for you to give back. Keep those who aren’t as fortunate as yourself in mind year round.