Archive for Thursday, October 25, 2007

Sharing the holiday spirit

October 25, 2007

Very soon we'll be surrounded by billboards, television commercials, radio ads and songs urging us into the holiday spirit. And many of us will wonder just what -- apart from carols, food, gifts, glitz, overspending and planning frenzies -- that spirit is all about. Sure there's more?

For those who profess a faith, the holidays are a special time for renewing their spiritual underpinnings. But for everyone, the holiday spirit is about sharing abundance. Whether we're affluent people without a financial care in the world or people of modest means, the holidays can make us mindful of the richness of our daily lives. And the holiday spirit means gratefully sharing that with others.

The De Soto Multi-Service Center, a program of Johnson County Human Services and Aging, is a helping agency whose mission is to be a safety net for the most vulnerable members of our community. We serve those who struggle year-round to provide the basics for themselves and their families, including food on the table, medical care, shelter and utilities.

We think we do that extremely well, but only because so many others work with us to make it happen. It takes the caring and generosity of many community members to provide holiday assistance to all those in need. We work cooperatively with other agencies to ensure that our efforts are not being duplicated and your precious resources are being distributed and received in a responsible manner.

We are asking you to provide some basic items to brighten the holidays of these low-income families, older adults and people with disabilities. We need:

  • Turkeys and hams for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets
  • Monetary donations toward the purchase of food, clothing, gifts for children and utility bill payments
  • Gift cards from grocery stores or clothing stores
  • Sponsorships of needy persons or families by groups or individuals

Call the De Soto Multi-Service Center if you can help during the 2007 holiday season. If you have questions, call me at 583-1152 or e-mail

Your help and generosity are greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing in the spirit of the coming holiday season.

Jodi Hitchcock, LMSW

De Soto Multi-Service Center

De Soto

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