Thanksgiving is just behind us which means that we are officially in the midst of our holiday season. Most people look forward to this time of year as it brings families and friends together; it reminds us of the things that are important, and it lights the spark of giving in our hearts.
Taking care of those who need a helping hand is something we should embrace all year round, but during the holidays we want to ensure that no family goes without, that every child has a toy to enjoy, that there is food on every table and a warm place to offer comfort.
Outreach to those in our community who are in need is a pivotal part of my administration's mandate. This is why we partner with generous organizations to distribute book bags throughout the year. It's why we provide turkeys for those who need to have something extra on the table. It's why we have a coat drive to collect and distribute jackets to those who need additional warmth; It's what drives our annual toy drive as we strive to ensure that all the little ones among us receive something to make the holidays brighter.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure self-sufficiency for every resident of our city, but we recognize some need practical help from time to time. It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and we can each be the spark which ignites our community and starts a fire of giving.