Fresno State students help out at the Community Food Bank, preparing Holiday baskets.
Fresno State students help out at the Community Food Bank by preparing Holiday baskets.

Hi Everyone!

My name is Shola and I am a first-time Ambassador. I’m very excited to do my first blog post!

After Halloween, all the holidays seem to rush and overlap one after another. During that time, while we are celebrating our families and what we are thankful for, we should keep in mind that there are individuals and families that are less fortunate than us.

There are so many volunteer organizations in Fresno that aim to assist the best they can. The Poverello House is a well-known and its great place to begin your community service journey. Fresno Rescue Mission is another great place to inquire about volunteering.

For the past few years, I’ve started to become more aware of the issue of being homeless for the holiday. It worries me that over the next few years, we will be seeing more and more families and people on the streets, with no one to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other family or religious traditions.

You might be thinking, “it’s so far away, I can worry about it later”.  That, however, causes the issue to become less important. Thinking about the issue and how getting involved now will be worth it to see those that need your help feeling happy and thankful for their 2014 year.

~Ambassador Shola

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