"The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along...Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time
to share what we had to give." - Leo Buscaglia
Looking for ways to help people in your community this holiday? Please use your purchasing power with compassion by giving gifts that benefit thousands of Connecticut children, families, and the elderly during the holiday season. Items on local agencies lists this year ranges from warm clothing and toys to groceries and gift cards. Or, give the gift of time and find a place to help serve a holiday dinner, wrap presents, prepare meals or distribute food baskets. To connect directly with non-profits to view their lists, visit CT Council for Philanthropy.
Let us know how you are helping this season by adding your comment below or by visiting us on Facebook. Whether its donating food or clothing or making a meal, we'd love to hear about it.
Community agencies across Connecticut are reporting an increase in demand for assistance this holiday season. The continuing recession and the loss of unemployment benefits is leading many who have never needed help before to seek assistance from the state and from local agencies. Some agencies are reporting a 30% increase in demand for food assistance.
United Way 2-1-1 is Connecticut's toll-free information and referral service. 2-1-1 has a complete listing of agencies that can help those in need and that can accept donations of food, toys, clothing, household items and more. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. To get help or give help dial 2-1-1 or visit United Way 211.