Giving is a personal act. At its heart, donating time, money and gifts comes about by helping others connect an existing passion to a cause. For the 2014 holiday season Deltec organized group efforts with three different causes. From seniors to children, to dogs and cats, there was an opportunity for everyone to give.
‘Building’ Gift Bags: Santa for Seniors
Deltec volunteers deliver hot meals year round to fourteen homebound seniors on a route established through Meals on Wheels. Through their Santa for Seniors program, Deltec employees built gifts bags for each one of our elderly clients. Bags included lap quilts donated by the Asheville Quilters Guild and the Knitters Guild of Asheville, coffee mugs, music CD’s, hot chocolate, cereal bars, coffee, soap, lotion, Chapstick, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash, magnifying glasses, crossword puzzles, memo pads w pen, shampoo, Christmas cards, and pet food and toys for those with pets. Last but not least, large gift bags were donated to hold it all, to make a special delivery for each client.
Children First Holiday Giving
Deltec sponsored four neighborhood children for Christmas again, through Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) of Buncombe County, a local non-profit committed to advocating and empowering children and families living in poverty. Just like last year, the children were asked to list something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. Deltec employees bought what they wanted to buy from the list. Deltec Homes was happy to gift bicycles.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that is home to up to 100 dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and other small animals 365 days a year. The demand for supplies to care for these animals is huge. Deltec has supported this awesome organization in the past with a blanket drive. Brother Wolf said the greatest needs during the holidays are food and litter. A donation box was kept in the lobby for food, kitty litter, treats and toys, by whomever wanted to donate.
And remember, if the 2014 ‘giving season’ slipped by, it’s not too late: Whether it’s because you want to feel you’re changing someone’s life, or you feel a sense of closeness to a community or group, you love animals, or you feel fortunate and want to give back, there are so many organizations out there doing so much good, you can definitely find one that would be grateful for any help you can give–all year round!