Holiday season 2013

To the Editor:

“It’s good to be blessed. It’s better to be a blessing.” (Author Unknown)

For many of us, the holiday season is one filled with excitement and promise … a festive time filled with parties, buying gifts for loved ones, baking, decorating our homes, family gatherings and religious observances.

While the holiday season should be a joyous time for all, for some of our neighbors, it can be a time filled with sadness, anxiety and shame.

Imagine being a parent of a young child and having to decide between paying your monthly bills or buying a present for your child. Imagine a child waking up on Christmas morning wondering why Santa Claus was so generous to his friends, but not to him. Imagine a preteen telling her mother, “I don’t need any presents,” so her younger siblings will have presents.

These are the realities today for many members of our community. They are counting on us to help make their holiday season a little brighter. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all made helping others in need a part of our holiday planning?

The Holiday Toy Store is an incredible community effort involving various businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals. Our purpose is to serve local families who are experiencing financial challenges by providing holiday gifts for children (ages newborn through 15). Local parents in need of financial assistance “shop” (free of charge) for gifts for their children at the Holiday Toy Store. This year, we expect to help more than 250 families and 600 children from Milford, Mont Vernon, Amherst and Brookline.

Shouldn’t all parents experience the joy of watching their children open gifts on Christmas morning or during Hanukkah? Shouldn’t all children have gifts to open? What will you do this year to make someone else’s holiday season special?

As a member of our community, we are asking for your help in continuing the work of the Holiday Toy Store. Monetary contributions can be made out to The Holiday Toy Store and mailed to The Holiday Toy Store, P.O. Box 6, Amherst, NH 03031. Feel free to contact Lisa Emerson at 930-3565 with any questions.

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Please give generously this holiday season.

We wish you a holiday season full of joy and giving.

THE HOLIDAY TOY STORE COMMITTEE

Milford

Holiday season 2013

Holiday season 2013

To the Editor:

“It’s good to be blessed. It’s better to be a blessing.” (Author Unknown)

For many of us, the holiday season is one filled with excitement and promise … a festive time filled with parties, buying gifts for loved ones, baking, decorating our homes, family gatherings and religious observances.

While the holiday season should be a joyous time for all, for some of our neighbors, it can be a time filled with sadness, anxiety and shame.

Imagine being a parent of a young child and having to decide between paying your monthly bills or buying a present for your child. Imagine a child waking up on Christmas morning wondering why Santa Claus was so generous to his friends, but not to him. Imagine a preteen telling her mother, “I don’t need any presents,” so her younger siblings will have presents.

These are the realities today for many members of our community. They are counting on us to help make their holiday season a little brighter. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all made helping others in need a part of our holiday planning?

The Holiday Toy Store is an incredible community effort involving various businesses, churches, civic organizations and individuals. Our purpose is to serve local families who are experiencing financial challenges by providing holiday gifts for children (ages newborn through 15). Local parents in need of financial assistance “shop” (free of charge) for gifts for their children at the Holiday Toy Store. This year, we expect to help more than 250 families and 600 children from Milford, Mont Vernon, Amherst and Brookline.

Shouldn’t all parents experience the joy of watching their children open gifts on Christmas morning or during Hanukkah? Shouldn’t all children have gifts to open? What will you do this year to make someone else’s holiday season special?

As a member of our community, we are asking for your help in continuing the work of the Holiday Toy Store. Monetary contributions can be made out to The Holiday Toy Store and mailed to The Holiday Toy Store, P.O. Box 6, Amherst, NH 03031. Feel free to contact Lisa Emerson at 930-3565 with any questions.

As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Please give generously this holiday season.

We wish you a holiday season full of joy and giving.

THE HOLIDAY TOY STORE COMMITTEE

Milford