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 to guest houses in our church choir and take a moment to shovel our neighbor’s snow at home.
These acts of kindness and generosity bring comfort to others and at the same time bring us some satisfaction.
In spirit, we want to give a further good suggestion to our community: the sponsorship of a family holiday at the Retreat 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 aims to help the children of the families in their care all year round, but during holidays, an additional dose of compassion and love could be used.
As the retreat says on their website, “a donation to their child is the best gift a struggling family can get.”
In order to assess the need of every family enrolled in their system, the team takes time during the holidays.
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.
Diversify the holiday cheer and in exchange, such generous donations that make you feel the ultimate “fuzzy factor,” because you know that you give a child a gift to open on Christmas morning to support a poor family.
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 Retreat’s website www.theretreatinc.org or contact Vanessa at The Retreat by calling 631-329-4398. Donations shall be collected by Friday 8 December at the earliest and may be sent to the East Hampton and Hauppauge retreat offices.
Please know that if you call and the other families have already been adopted, retreat needs your support all year long and any assistance you can provide will be used.
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!