The past few weeks we’ve had more than our share of notices from area residents who reported calls or mailings from someone trying to scam them. Our advice is and always has been, “just say no.”
But this time of year there are several legitimate charities that are holding their annual drives. We urge you to give to some of those. Just make sure the recipient is the real deal.
There are also so many local choices to give that you needn’t worry about offending someone by telling them “no.”
Every church in West Point would welcome a little something extra in the offering plate this time of year. The Food Pantry can always use donations, and soon the Salvation Army will have its bell ringers stationed at various locations in West Point. It’s good to remember them, too.
And we can’t forget the St. Francis Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual appeal. It’s another good cause. Letters detailing that effort will hit the mail this week, and the West Point News will tell you more about the equipment to be bought with money raised this year.
Stop by a nursing home or St. Joseph’s Retirement Community and ask if there are any special needs they or the residents might have. And Santa’s Helpers have some lists of items needed by area families. The hospital, this year, is again coordinating that effort.
And don’t forget your local schools or school foundations. They can always use a little more jingle to provide more scholarships or to help buy school supplies that don’t fit into the school budgets.
If you can’t give money, you can give of your time. Sit down and write a letter to one of our local servicemen/women who will spend this holiday season away from home.
Those are just a few of the many worthy causes.
We can all say “thanks” by giving.