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Season of giving

December has arrived. It’s time to fill that Christmas list as after all, Christmas is the season of giving.

While everyone on your list is important, don’t forget about the someone who is not yet on your list — you may, in fact, not even know them, but it’s possible you could make their Christmas wish come true.

And making that kind of wish come true is what the spirit of giving and miracles of the season are all about.

It may be a tiny tot who receives that toy they have been dreaming about, but worried they may not receive.

It may be a teenager who finally gets to fit in with the crowd by receiving an electronic device, game or a new outfit or hairstyle.

It may be a senior, alone for Christmas, with only memories of holidays gone by or family far away.

It could be a single parent, so busy providing Christmas for their children that they don’t think of themself – or whose holiday wish would be to be able to give their children a happy Christmas.

It may be a family figurehead, running so tight financially that a little extra help would make ends meet for the holidays and them the hero of the season.

Each of us knows these people – they are family, friends, neighbours, co-workers – or ourselves.

There are lots of ways to connect for the holidays through the many local charities, churches, service clubs, agencies and more.

This Saturday (Dec. 15), Hamilton’s paramedics are challenging Flamborough residents to fill an ambulance with toys for children in the community. They’ll be stationed at the Waterdown Walmart, where shoppers and passersby, can drop off new, unwrapped toys or make a monetary donation. All toys and funds will boost Hamilton’s City Kidz, which strives to ensure all children receive a gift from Santa under the tree.

Grocers, including Sobey’s and Fortinos, are hosting food drives benefiting the Flamborough Food Bank.

Seniors are not forgotten thanks to the Review and Flamborough Information and Community Services, which have teamed up again this year to help make Christmas a merry time for the elderly in our community.

Others are assisting the women and children of Drummond House, a transitional home in Waterdown.

Farther afield, World Vision can help you select a gift for someone in need in other parts of the world, while Compassion, a child development organization that teams up with local churches in 26 countries around the globe, offers individuals the opportunity to meet a family’s need to access clean drinking water or medical treatment through its Gift of Compassion program.

There are lots of ways to reach out in the true spirit of the season to make a Christmas wish come true.

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