During Christmastime, many of us find ourselves wondering what gifts to purchase for our family and friends, scrambling to get them wrapped and under the tree before Christmas morning.
After sitting through traffic, fighting the crowds to find your gifts, and standing in line at the register, the joy on our loved ones’ faces makes the stress of shopping worth it in the end.
While so many families are lucky enough that their only issue during the holiday season is figuring out what to get their children and loved ones and venturing out to get it, thousands more find themselves wondering how they are even going to make Christmas happen.
When you are thinking about what to get “the person who has everything” this year, instead of dwelling too long on that, sit down with that person and find a local charity to give to in place of buying each other gifts.
We are in the season of giving again as another year comes to a close. The best way to embrace the warmth that giving a gift evokes is to give others a meaningful experience.
There may be a local family you know of personally in need of financial assistance and unable to provide gifts for their children. Consider giving them a gift card or shopping for some of their children’s Christmas wish list items.
There are also many organizations and food banks in your area that store and distribute goods to those families, always accepting donations of non-perishable food items.
Highland Lakes food pantries:
- Church of Christ, 711 Broadway, Marble Falls
- First Baptist Church Food Pantry, 501 12th Street, Marble Falls
- The Helping Center, 1016 Broadway, Marble Falls
- LACare, 507 Buchanan Drive, Burnet
- Joseph’s Food Pantry, 706 N. Phillips Ranch Road, Granite Shoals,
- Bertram Food Pantry, 520 E Hwy 29, Bertram
- The Cupboard Food Pantry, 4111 Cottonwood Drive, Cottonwood Shores
For information on days of operation, foods needed, and volunteer opportunities, contact information for these food pantries can be found at www.burnetcountyhungeralliance.org/food-locations