December 18, 2012

By Staff

Make Christmas about giving to those in need

The excitement of Christmas is here … the reindeer at Cougar Mountain Zoo are being harnessed to guide Santa’s sleigh, the last-minute stocking stuffers and eggnog have been bought, the silver has been polished for the dinner table, and the church choir is ready for the candlelight service.

But here and there — in apartments, homes and homeless campsites — if you look closely, you’ll see some families with furrowed brows.

Forget Christmas. This single mom, widowed senior and unemployed dad are too busy worrying about next month’s rent. A decorated tree, presents tied with bows and a festive dinner are not going to happen.

These are the hidden families among our neighborhoods, those who really appreciate the difference a couple hundred dollars can make when the rent is due or the power is in danger of being shut off.

These are the families helped by the emergency aid fund known as Merry Christmas Issaquah. They are your neighbors — the ones who have lost their job, had a family illness or other life change that has brought them to a financial crisis.

Merry Christmas Issaquah provides temporary relief to those trying to help themselves. But it takes donations, and with only 12 days left in the year, the fund is still $42,000 shy of its goal. Come on, Issaquah.

Truth is, most Issaquah families can afford to share. Merry Christmas Issaquah is a great way to do it. Not one penny of donations is used for overhead. And every cent stays right here in the community.

When your stomach is full of fruitcake and you are counting the blessings of healthy children and grandchildren, take an extra minute to give one last gift — to help a stranger, through Merry Christmas Issaquah.

Someone you know may be glad you did.

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