It’s finally that time of the year again! Golden leaves are piling up on lawns and the cool weather is perfect for enjoying that warm cup of coffee in a sweater. We can even expect snow soon! Well, maybe not in Fresno, but regardless, the holiday season is here! This time of year is one that allows us to reflect on the important things in life, like family, friendships, and community. It is widely known as the season of giving, but instead of checking up on Amazon’s lightning deals for cheap presents, why not give in a different way this year?
Yes, here at the Richter Center we like to promote community service, and what a great gift it can make! The impact of service is huge to needy families in our community. This is especially true during this season, when high seasonal unemployment, colder weather, and an increase in need take a toll on many families.
So what can you do to help? Why service, of course! Volunteer with the Bulldog Pantry, located just across the Fresno State campus, or donate some canned food items to the Community Food Bank or the Bulldog Pantry. Perhaps you can join the Salvation Army in the effort to help the needy by volunteering to ring bells for the Kettle Program or donating for the Angel Tree. In fact, you can visit their website here (http://fresnosa.volunteerfirst.org/) for more local volunteer opportunities.
It doesn’t matter in which way you give this holiday season, so long as you do it sincerely.