Opinion: Give where you live this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, it's a timely reminder to count our many blessings and give generously to organizations who support those in need.

There are so many worthy causes in our community, both big and small. It's the “small” I'd like to focus on because often the impact of a small to medium-sized gift is felt much more strongly by our small, local charities.

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There are a number of them in South Delta that are doing big things in our community. Deltassist helps people of all ages experiencing personal challenges. From counselling, referrals and seniors' programs, to the provision of Christmas hampers and a Toy Depot, Deltassist helps those in need in our community in a safe, supportive environment.

Another great local organization is the Little House Society, a house of support and hope for those touched by substance use disorders. They provide compassion and care, and help patients and their loved ones navigate the path to healing through a variety of important programs.

The South Delta Food Bank is another vital organization in our community. While the need for food donations is always high around Christmas, it's important to keep in mind that the need is truly year-round.

Meanwhile, the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust is another worthy group in South Delta. They partner with conservationists and farmers to protect agricultural and wildlife resources, and their programs contribute to the long-term viability of local farming operations -- a cause close to my heart.

Each B.C. community is unique and has different needs. Luckily, here in South Delta we can all think of so many worthwhile charities that “give where they live” -- making our community stronger and supporting the vulnerable people who need it most.

Let's all consider how we can be a part of that goodness this holiday season. I wish everyone a happy, healthy and joyous Christmas and all the best in 2019.

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