Last week we shared #GivingTuesday with you, presenting opportunities to get involved locally by donating to various charities and service organizations. But money isn’t the only way to lend a helping hand this holiday season. There are plenty of opportunities to support causes you care about with your time and effort.
Lutheran Social Services is presenting one of these opportunities with their Decorating and Wrapping Days at Faith Mission this holiday season. The Decorating Day this past Saturday brought 80 volunteers to decorate Faith Mission for the community.
Faith Mission has provided more than 90,000 nights of shelter and three meals a day to anyone who is experiencing homelessness locally. No matter their situation, when a person arrives at Faith Mission, they are treated fairly, with dignity and without judgment. And the volunteers who showed up to decorate are helping create an atmosphere of holiday cheer and spirit.
By donating your time and effort to causes like this, you have the opportunity to meet the people you’re serving face to face. For some, a service situation like this might be stepping outside of their comfort zone. But that’s what it takes to create meaningful connections among residents of our community.
Faith Mission’s Executive Director, Sue Villilo, says, “ I think for folks that you know volunteer or donate to us to be able to bring their kids to let them see it makes it just more real”.
It’s a beautiful thing.
If you missed Decorating day this past Saturday, you can still get involved! Saturday, December 16th from 2pm — 4pm, Faith Mission is hosting a Wrapping Day to wrap all of the donated holiday gifts they’ve received. If you’d like to donate a gift, please deliver it to Faith Mission by December 11th. For more information check out the Lutheran Social Services website.