Eight Ways to Show Your Light this Chanukah

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 8:58pm -- judyzimola
Eight Ways to Observe the Season
Serving more than 300 meals a day to Marin residents requires volunteers—lots of them. If you've over 16 year of age, share your time and good energy with the St. Vincent de Paul Free Dining Room. Call 454-3303 x18 with questions.  
​Rodef Sholom's Christmas dinner at ​t​he New Beginning Shelter in Novato hosts 80 homeless adults, and your help is needed! Make the holidays a little brighter by volunteering to provide a turkey, or potatoes, salad, rolls, dessert, cranberries, and other dishes for this special dinner. Sign up here or contact Moji at[email protected].
Give some people a roll of gift wrap and scissors, and you'll get a Matisse back. And then there are the rest of us. The San Rafael Santa Cops appreciate volunteers of all skill levels who will wrap or deliver presents. This agency is supported by our San Rafael Police and Fire Departments who collect and distribute toys to families in need in Marin and Sonoma counties. Volunteer are needed the week of December 15 at San Rafael Armory. Donations of new toys are also needed until the end of December. For more information or to get involved call 456-2685 or email [email protected].
Our thoughts are always with those in Napa and Sonoma affected by October's devastating fires. The Farmtrails website has oodles of links on where to shop, donate, and support the rebuilding efforts this holiday season.
The Humane Society takes in so many animals and rely on donations to keep going. Anyone, regardless of age or finances, can support their work. You can volunteer your time or donate supplies—blankets, food bowls, toys and collars are always in short supply.
Here's a remarkable statistic—one pint of blood can help save three lives. Blood banks always need donors, so grab a friend or two and make a donation at a local blood drive. You'll get cookies, juice, and, for the price of an hour or so, you'll walk away knowing that you've given one of the most unselfish gifts possible.
How about giving an elephant? Too big? Maybe a bee then. Heifer International will donate a goat, cow, even an elephant to help people across the globe with farming, as well as fund programs that fight hunger. Check them out—you'll love their website.
Another wonderful organization that helps people in many ways isOxfam. As their website says, all of us, those living in poverty and those who are not, have a role to play. There are ideas for participating as well as donating.