What is it that makes this time of year so special? When we see the first snowfall, hear the familiar carols, watch the old favorite TV specials and see the anticipation of children as they talk about Santa, it fills our hearts with a warmth that doesn’t seem as common the rest of the year. That special feeling often motivates us to want to do more and to think of others.
Maybe it’s that we begin with Thanksgiving. On this day when we reflect on the blessings in our lives, even if it has been a hard year, we often see that we have much for which to be thankful. The small victories, the people who touched our lives, the opportunities we encountered, all serve to remind us that we are part of something larger — a community. And that is something we can all be thankful for.
It is natural in this season of giving that we would want to give to our neighbors who need a helping hand. It is a reminder of the greatest gift of all that we hear of in the Christmas story. We know that there are those in our community who are trying their best to make ends meet but are finding that, due to circumstances beyond their control, things just aren’t working out.
Often, they turn to us at The Salvation Army to lend a hand until they get back on their feet. They reflect the spectrum of our community, they’re just like you and me, and because of your generosity, The Salvation Army is able to serve them on your behalf. So often, those we help offer deep gratitude that we are there in their time of need; that expression of thanksgiving goes to you because you make it possible.
I’ve had people put money in our kettles and tell me how the previous year they were struggling and we gave them assistance, but this year things are better and it is their turn to give. You make it possible for someone who needs help today to be there for someone else in the future, and that is what community is all about.
Your donations to the Santa’s Helper Fund help with our year-round work in the community, including meals at our Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, Christmas gifts for children, utility and rental assistance, groceries from our food pantry, sending a child to Camp Sebago, heating assistance, clothing and winter coats, and much more. Since 1973, readers of the Bangor Daily News have raised nearly $1,000,000 in support of their neighbors in need. This year our goal is $60,000.
You can honor the memory of a loved one when you send your donation. Gifts in the past have been given by individuals, families, social groups and businesses; in the name of loved ones, anonymously, and even in memory of a cherished pet. Donations will be listed daily in the Bangor Daily News.
Donations may be sent to Santa’s Helper Fund, The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1657, Bangor, ME 04402, or may be made securely online at www.bangor.salvationarmyme.org.