Holiday Greetings from Assemblyman Steve Hawley
“The end of the year holiday season is an invaluable time in that it provides a warmth and comfort unique to many other holidays we experience. There’s nothing like joining one’s closest family and friends around the gentle ambiance of a steady snowfall to exchange gifts amidst your favorite Christmas movie. The New Year provides us the time to reflect on what we have accomplished the previous year and use missed opportunities to inspire us to set more aggressive goals, opportunities and challenges for ourselves.
“As we soak up this relaxing time of year away from the hustle and bustle of our stressful lives, let us not forget the dedicated servicemen and servicewomen who are forgoing the holidays with their families to protect our freedom and way of life. The sacrifices of our veterans and active duty military make it possible for us to enjoy this sacred time of year.
“Furthermore, I know how holiday shopping can place added financial and emotional stress on many families as we strive to beat the Christmas Eve crowds and find that perfect gift for a loved one or friend. But, please keep in mind during this time that many families are not fortunate enough to afford lavish gifts and meals. This could be your co-worker, your neighbor, family member or friend. I encourage everyone who has the means to consider volunteering or making a donation to one of the great organizations located in our community this year and you will be helping a family more than you know.”
- The Salvation Army provides clothing and other necessities to those in need during the holiday season. Donate today by visiting the Salvation Army web site.
- Consider donating a holiday basket to a needy family through the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee by visiting the organization’s web site.
- Make a child’s Christmas wish come true by donating to Toys for Tots at the Toys for Tots web site.
- Consider volunteering or donating with the Ministry of Concern’s many great community programs-(585)-589-9210.