The holiday season is a time of celebration, gratitude for what we have and reflection on how we can make the next year even better. It is easy to overlook our many blessings and take for granted the best parts of our lives as we go about our busy days, but as we get closer to Thanksgiving, I encourage each of you to pause a moment and consider both the big and little things that bring you joy.
As a Finger Lakes representative and resident, I am consistently inspired by the incredible people I meet during my service and for all the hard work they do to make New York a better place. Our communities are made stronger every day by those who volunteer at food pantries, donate their time, energy and resources to New Yorks many charities and continue to find new ways to serve the less fortunate.
NO SHORTAGE OF WAYS TO GIVE BACK
There are countless ways to show your generosity. Especially now, during cold weather, please consider some of these outlets for your time and resources. A little bit can go a long way toward making someones Thanksgiving happy, warm and memorable. Some of the incredible organizations in the Finger Lakes Region working toward those very goals include:
- Gleaners Community Kitchen in Canandaigua is a community staple with decades of charitable work under its belt. Information about how you can pitch in is available at their Web site.
- The Geneva Center of Concern provides food, personal items, diapers and formula on request. Information is available at their Web site.
- Foodlink hosts food drives and also takes donations for shelters and regional hunger-relief agencies.
- FoodPantries.org has an enormous list of places collecting food to be distributed to the hungry. Visit their Web site to search your area.
- The Salvation Army provides food, clothes and comfort to those in need.
We can all use a hand from time to time. Sometimes, some of us need a little extra help when things are especially hard, and I hope this holiday season, together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who could use a boost. Everyone benefits when we collectively work toward the common goal of a better quality of life for all New Yorkers.
What do you think? I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York state. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.