Niagara Gazette

November 25, 2013

EDITORIAL: Remember to give back this season

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — It takes a lot of effort to make the holidays a little more meaningful for everyone in the community. We’re getting a lot of examples of that this week as several groups and individuals go to work to make Thanksgiving a thankful event for all.

In one case, organizers said late last week they were looking for people to serve meals too on Thursday.

The Feed the Falls meal-delivery initiative by the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is still soliciting needy families.

“We’re a little behind in receiving calls,” Shaun Smith, director of the mission, said on Thursday, when he only had 300 meal requests. “We’re kind of panicking. We’re having a lot of turkey being cooked so we are looking for families who want a meal delivered.”

Those who wish to order dinners — or maybe offer to lend a hand — can visit www.niagara or call the mission at 253-1GOD.

Then, of course, there’s the ever-popular Lord’s Day Dinner.

Hundreds of diners are expected between noon and 6 p.m. at the LaSalle Griffon VFW post at 2435 Seneca Ave. Yvonne and Matthew Davis orchestrate the volunteer effort to create cook and create a Thanksgiving meal, from their Ashland Avenue home.

Despite being setback from a flood in their home this summer, the couple will continue to lead this 30-year-tradition, but they could use a little help.

On Thursday they were still in need of donations. “We try to get at least 30 some turkeys,” said Yvonne. “Right now we have about a good 10 or 15. We’d like another 15 and hams too.”

Those who want to donate, volunteer or have a home meal delivered can call the Davis home at 284-6973.

Heart Love and Soul Food Pantry, 939 Ontario Ave., could always use a hand during the holiday season. Their Thanksgiving dinner is set for Tuesday. Call 282-5681 for more information.

Those who wish to volunteer or lend support to Community Missions of Niagara Falls, there’s the Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 3, a new movement to encourage people to assist non-profits during the holiday seasons. For more information on that event, people can contact the Buffalo Avenue mission at 285-3403.

We encourage everyone to do what they can to help make the holiday season a little brighter for all.