The season of gift giving is upon us and we all know the importance of giving back to our community, no matter which holiday you celebrate. Now is the time to bring together your loved ones, reflect on all of the things in our lives we are grateful for, and lend a helping hand to those who need it most.
The holiday season reminds of how fortunate we are and how much we have to be thankful for. It also reminds us of our responsibility to care for those in the community who need help and support. And this help can come in small ways - such as providing a hot meal, a warm jacket or a child’s holiday gift. We all can “give a gift of hope” that will make a positive impact in someone’s life this holiday season.
United Way of Broward County board members, staff, volunteers, and funded partner agencies work hard year-round to create a better quality of life for the members of our community, but it takes the support from the entire community to make this possible. While United Way of Broward County unites the resources of donors and volunteers to identify the community’s most pressing needs, we still need your help to support the programs that are creating measurable results.
There are many ways you, your family, and coworkers can make a difference this holiday season and all year long. I ask you to please go through your closets and donate warm clothes to those who cannot afford them, or make a monetary donation to help support United Way funded programs. To make an online donation, please visit United Way of Broward County’s website at www.unitedwaybroward.org and click on “Give a Gift of Hope.” You can also make an in-kind donation to one of United Way of Broward County’s funded partner agencies. A complete list of items needed is also on our website.
The uniqueness of United Way is our ability to take small individual gifts and deeds and multiply and magnify those to reach throughout the community. Whether mentoring a child in school, delivering meals to homebound seniors, or collecting toys and food for drives, we can each have a tremendous collective impact with our efforts, not only during the holiday season but throughout the year. It is our heart that will warm by helping and knowing that others stomachs are full, bodies are warm and souls are nourished and comforted.
Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D.
President & CEO, United Way of Broward County