I’m sitting at my desk at the end of another busy day. Other than the Christmas carols playing in another room, it’s quiet. I’m truly a people person, but I love these moments, too.
During these rare moments, my mind usually pings back and forth about business matters like meetings, or new staging ideas, or tomorrow’s open house. Today, however, I find myself reflecting on more personal matters, like the holidays.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, one that allowed us all to gather and feast, and to give thanks for all our blessings. The Christmas holiday though…it’s different. It’s about giving. Sure, we celebrate and share gifts with those we love. But, we also set aside time, energy, and financial resources to help those who may not be as fortunate. This year especially, many could use some help.
So, what can I do? How can I help? Where can I make the most impact this year? My advice: follow your heart and your passion.
There are numerous opportunities for sharing and helping in the Colorado Springs community and beyond. Some of our favorite charitable organizations and activities are listed below. They fit our passions. We like what they do and why they do it. Some are seasonal, but many receive our support year-round.
- The Empty Stocking Fund. Talk about widespread community impact across the entire Pikes Peak region. This one is a powerhouse.
- The Springs Rescue Mission and Dream Centers’ Mary’s Home are both are great non-profits that help the homeless and, especially, homeless women with children.
- My husband Mark and I are both very passionate about the fantastic work being performed at St. Judes. Childhelp is another important charity with great personal importance to me.
- This year, like many before, we’ll be serving meals, and passing out our love care packages on December 6th at Bancroft Park. We’ve also garnered a lot of support from our neighborhood community, who will also be participating.
- Finally, a tradition my family really loves. We’ll be at the McDonalds in downtown Colorado Springs on the mornings of December 23rd and 24th to hand out care packages, blankets, gloves, scarves, and, of course, McDonald breakfasts to those in need. We hope to be able to serve 200 hundred people this year. Face coverings may hide the smiles, but you sure can see the joy in the eyes of those we’re helping.
If you’re in a position to help, please look in your own heart to support a cause or organization that speaks to you. Maybe it’s simply delivering meals to the elderly, or checking in on your neighbor, or donating a toy or a winter coat. This is our community, and we’re all in this together. We can make a difference.
From all of us at Park Avenue Properties to all of you,
Thank you and Happy Holidays.