Personalize your holiday with generosity

Published 10:14 am Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Are you still looking for a way to bring some holiday cheer into your life? Doesn’t it seem like there’s such a rush to get through the month and not enough time to experience any of it?

We suggest that being generous toward other people is a sure way to savor the spirit of this time. While putting money into the Salvation Army bucket can be helpful, it’s a gesture that doesn’t take a lot of thought. You hear the bell ringing, see the container, open your purse or wallet and drop in some cash. Done.

But there are a couple of other avenues that can offer a more personal connection.

The first example is Social Services in Southampton County.

Jean Stephenson of the agency said that distribution of food and generic gifts began on Monday and continues through Wednesday, Dec. 23, but that applications are still being taken. Recipients, though, must already be receiving aid from Social Services to apply.

She added that there is a range limit of infancy through 12 years old when it comes to bringing gifts for children.

Contact the office, 26022 Administration Center Dr., Courtland, at 653-3080 for more information.

The second example we’ve written about earlier in December. The Tidewater News is collecting for the Geneieve Shelter for Women and Children. Through this Friday, Dec. 18, the paper is accepting non-perishable food items, unopened toys and new or gently-used clothes for donation to the Genieve Shelter — a non-profit organization that serves families and individuals attempting to escape domestic violence. Those wishing to give can do so between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. We’re located at 1000 Armory Blvd., Franklin.

Taking the time to think of other people — and then to act on those thoughts — is a sure way to connect you to the spirit of the season.