Christmas is such a wholesome and loving time. We are surrounded by family, and we give gifts to our loved ones. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to not have them to share the holidays with. This holiday, we would encourage you to focus a bit of that cheer and goodwill on the spirit of others. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about those less fortunate, and it never hurts to give back to the community. So here are four organizations that could use your support, whether it is donating some extra cash to veterans or spare cans in your pantry to the local food bank.
San Antonio Food Bank
For many of us, it’s easy to take food for granted. We forget to think of those who do not have food. Imagine if you could not feed yourself or your family on Thanksgiving or Christmas. So what can you do to help? Donate extra cans or non-perishable items or cash to San Antonio Food Bank. Or even go the extra mile to volunteer. They need helpers in the kitchen or out on the floor to serve and share kind words to those needing a warm meal.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House works to serve as a ‘home away from home’ for children and their families who have extended stays in the hospital. Each room at the Ronald McDonald House is located very close to the hospital. The House prepares meals for guests to enjoy and clean rooms to sleep in. The idea is to take away some of the stress that comes along with illness in the family by not asking them to pay for meals or their stay.
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of San Antonio
Catholic Charities mission is, “is to provide for the needs of the community through selfless service under the sign of love.” It provides more than 40 programs in the surrounding counties for anyone – no matter the language, gender, race, religion or economic status.
If you’re looking to support our troops, check out the great work being done at Soldier’s Angels. This organization provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard in four different categories – veteran, deployed, wounded and family. Each category has different tasks that work to help troops and their families.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.