If you happened to notice the calendar last week, you know that Autumn has arrived. And if you’ve been in a big-box store any time since Labor Day, you’ve heard holiday music and seen the holiday lights and lawn inflatables being merchandised.
While it is not the holiday season yet, that most wonderful time of year is just around the corner. For most of us, it is our favorite time – when families and friends come together, and when kids get the latest iPad, Beats or PS4 games.
Things are good for most of us: the economy keeps getting stronger, interest rates have stayed low and inflation has not arrived as some predicted. For many of us, this will mean great things to celebrate this holiday season.
But for those in our communities who are less fortunate, they are not going to be so cheery. By the time some families are done addressing the expenses of heating their homes, getting warm (enough) clothes on themselves and their children and fending off the next big setback life throws at them, there may be little left for a holiday meal, never mind putting presents under the tree.
When so many are joyous, there are some among us who hurt at that time of year. It is a pain that can change how a person sees the world. It is a feeling no family should have to experience, which is where Bob’s Big Give comes in.
Created by Bob Sewall more than a decade ago, Bob’s Big Give is today a 501 (c) (3) charity that works with social service agencies and churches to identify families who could use a little extra help, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year when tragedy strikes unexpectedly.
From donating hundreds of Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey dinners, to providing toys, blankets, warm clothes and even vouchers for heating oil, the Big Give works hard to be there for those who could use a hand-up, but won’t accept a hand-out.
As he has always done, Bob pays all of the charity’s administrative costs out of his own pocket, which means 100 percent of your donation is not only tax deductible, but also that every cent you donate goes directly to families in need.
Many generous companies, suppliers, retailers and restaurants across the food and manufacturing industries have and continue to support Bob’s Big Give. With a bigger vision for making a difference, this year Bob and his elves are hoping you’ll not only donate until it hurts, but also forward this email to a friend or two who might also be looking for a way to make a difference this year.
To learn more and make a donation, visit www.BobsBigGive.org. And let your friends know by sharing @BobsBigGive on your social media.