Your gifts help
Gratitude is something of which
none of us can give too much.
For on the smiles, the thanks we give,
our little gestures of appreciation,
our neighbors build their philosophy of life.
– A. J. Cronin
The philosophy of life at Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry & Community Garden is to lend a helping hand to neighbors in need.
As the holiday season approaches, I reflect on the past year – its successes, failures, joys, and challenges. I’m deeply grateful to contributors working alongside us, sharing so many blessings to help nourish and sustain our community.
For many, 2019 was a year of hardship. Community members finding it difficult to provide food for themselves or their families turn to us for help. Through abundant donations of food, time and money, over 11,000 guests have been connected to vital resources. All thanks to generous and compassionate neighbors, helping other neighbors in need!
As pantry director, people ask me time and again:
“What can I do to help?”
This time of year is synonymous with hospitality and giving. We scour the malls and online stores looking for that perfect gift for loved ones. Cupboards, fridges and bellies are filled with good food, and many warm meals are shared at gatherings of friends, old and new.
For most nonprofits, it is also the time of year where generous people provide the majority of an organization’s annual funding. (Marie’s Pantry receives 85% of funding in the month of December alone.)
Now, I don’t want to ask everyone to give up their turkey dinner for someone else, or not buy gifts and instead put the money towards an organization doing good work in your community. (Well ok, maybe I do.)
It’s always a good exercise to think beyond our own needs and see who around us would benefit from just a little more giving. Giving is good for us! Every time you help another person, you see it in their faces. Giving is also incredibly empowering and humbling, too.
The happiest of holidays, are those in which everyone has a full plate.
Please help make that family meal happen. Donate. Volunteer. Get involved. Your contribution can mean the world to a family facing hunger this holiday season.
As 2019 moves quickly into the New Year, all of us at the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry & Community Garden are thankful to dedicated volunteers, and to the people of Aurora and surrounding towns for the boundless support, generosity and kindness.
Because “gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much.”
– Diane Renner
Director, Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry & Community Garden