Speak MY Piece: The Magic of Giving

Photo By: Staff Sgt. Teresa J. Cleveland.

Again, it’s the holiday season and generosity will rise to the surface as we buy gifts for family and friends in a spending spree that comes once a year. But while we’re at it, remember there are families and people in need right around the corner and there is a way you can share.

We’re reminded by local charities making appeals for help that this is the time to give more. First, let’s look to the United Way of Bucks County, an organization based in Fairless Hills, conducting year-round fund-raising efforts that provide aid to needy families and individuals.

Toys for Tots flyer.

The United Way has several special programs – one, provides backpacks and school supplies for students, another, baby bundles, and at this time of year, collecting donations for gift cards for teens so often overlooked. You can buy a gift card or donate $35 at the United Way office for a card. Keep in mind all our charitable organizations function because of the generosity of the county’s business community and people like us.

Now, we are beginning to see appeals by Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, the Courier Times’ annual Give-a-Christmas, and food banks. There also are workplace drives to give holiday gifts for anonymous girls and boys in the community and in homeless shelters. Social service agencies know where the need is and your gifts will get to the right place.

And you’ll hear WBCB’s announcement of the annual Toys for Tots drive and where your gift may be dropped off. If you purchase a gift – don’t wrap it – just put it in one of the boxes you’ll find scattered all over our area. Some of our WBCB sponsors are hosting those big empty boxes, too, so if you see one, drop in a gift, make a child happy and you’ll feel good, too. It’s the magic of giving.