During the holiday season we all like to do our part and get involved in the spirit of giving. We may find ourselves making an extra donation to the Salvation Army or volunteering at our church. Perhaps we help prepare holiday meals at the local food pantry or donate winter coats for the homeless. Some of us sing in our church choir that makes visits to retirement homes, or we take some time out to shovel snow for our housebound neighbor. These acts of kindness and generosity bring comfort to others and at the same time bring us some satisfaction.
While our community is in the spirit of giving, we would like to introduce one more good suggestion – the Adopt-a-Family Holiday Program at The Retreat here in East Hampton.
The Retreat’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support for victims of domestic abuse. This is a great program that looks for support year round, however during the holidays, the children of the families in its care could use an extra dose of compassion and love. As the Retreat states on its website, “the best gift a struggling family can receive is a gift for their child.” With this in mind, the staff takes time out during the holidays to assess the needs of each family enrolled in their program. They assess each child’s specific needs, their clothing sizes, interests and hobbies and most importantly, the greatest needs of the family as a whole. So – in addition to holiday gifts, these families have a great need for gas cards, grocery cards and even generic gift cards. All donations are welcome and much appreciated.
Some of you may have already adopted a family this year and for that you should feel inspired and fulfilled. Spreading holiday cheer is what it’s all about!!!…. and in return these generous donations can leave you feeling the ultimate “fuzzy factor” – the knowledge that you are giving a child a gift to open on Christmas morning and helping out a family in need.
The Retreat is one of our agency’s favorite local charities. We have adopted families in past years and this year we have adopted three families! There are, however, still families in need. To adopt a family go to the Retreat’s website www.theretreatinc.org or contact Vanessa at The Retreat by calling 631-329-4398. Donations must be received no later than Friday, December 8 and can be delivered to The Retreat offices in East Hampton and Hauppauge. If you call and the remaining families have already been adopted, please know that the Retreat needs your support throughout the year and any help you can give will be put to good use.
Winston Churchill declared that “we make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” If you are so moved, please help support the Retreat and its vital work. Happy Holidays from all of us at Amaden Gay!