By: Peter J. Lamont, Esq.
New Jersey Business and Personal Law Attorney
Law Offices of Peter J. Lamont
As we rush along readying our families and businesses for the holiday season let's take a moment and turn our thoughts to those less fortunate - to those whose holiday season will be exactly the same as the rest of their year.
We should feel some social responsibility to those in need, particularly at this time of the year. Given the ups and downs of the economy in recent years, it could very easily be you and yours who are in need, through no fault of your own.
Although many of us are in the habit of giving throughout the year, we should bear in mind that this is a very stressful and arduous time for the marginalized citizens in our communities - the homeless, the unemployed, the underemployed, single parents, parents of children with special needs - the list goes on and grows every year.
In terms of what can be done - donations of money are, of course, at the top of the list, but if a donation of money is out of the question, you may consider the gift of your time. Helping out with a local charity in your community will be appreciated and very fulfilling. You can possibly make it a family affair - getting the whole family involved.
A few examples of using your time to assist in this effort might include - helping fill food hampers and distributing them, going door to door collecting for a worthy cause, volunteering to help at a homeless shelter, visiting shut-ins at hospitals or hospices, volunteering some time at the local food bank - wherever you see a need.
Let's not forget the businesses operating in our communities. Although many do give back to their communities throughout the year, consideration should be given to digging a little deeper during the festive season.
Again, money is good, but a business may also consider additional giving in the form of anonymous gifts to needy families in the community. Many communities have bureaus that have a registry of families in crisis and can be a source of information as to what is needed.
Setting up a drop-off at your business for donations to food banks and children's gifts is also an easily accomplished and greatly appreciated endeavor.
Today, let's turn our thoughts to giving... be it money or time.
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