Celebrate holidays by helping others

December 18, 2013

By Administrator

The economy is humming again, but things are still tight for many families. In Sammamish, most residents still have some presents under the tree, or had a few near the menorah. Now is the time to remember those in greater need than you.

The holidays are a good reason to think about sharing with those who need a helping hand. It doesn’t hurt that it is also the end of the year, a good time to assess your finances and your tax bracket to determine your ability to give.

Sammamish residents as a whole are among those families in a position to share.

Few are on the receiving end of charitable gifts. The Hopelink food bank in Redmond and the Issaquah Food Bank are both available to Sammamish families in need, yet few from Sammamish come to either food bank for assistance.

We have no doubt that most in the city are generous with what they have.

For Sammamish families making donations, the only really question is which charity to support, which one can make a real difference in the lives of others.

These agencies do good work helping others help themselves. We recommend local tax-deductible donations to:

Hopelink — Food, shelter, homelessness prevention, child development, transportation and adult literacy education. Donate online at www.hope-link.org. Mail checks or drop off food donations to 16225 N.E. 87th St., Suite A-1, P.O. Box 3577, Redmond, WA 98073.

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank — Donate online at www.issaquahfoodbank.org. Mail money or drop off food and clothing donations to 179 1st Ave. S.E., Issaquah, WA 98027.

Merry Christmas Issaquah Fund — Emergency aid for families in the Issaquah School District including housing, utilities, prescriptions, transportation and special needs, dispensed by Issaquah Church & Community Services. Mail checks to P.O. Box 1328, Issaquah, WA 98027.

The food banks may not serve Sammamish residents often, but they exist because there are others within the city’s two school districts who do need assistance.

Once the holiday gifts are unwrapped and the winter vacation is over, we hope Sammamish residents will take a few minutes to count their blessings and consider a year-round gift to community neighbors nearby.


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