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4 Ways to Spread Cheer This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over, which means it’s officially time to start celebrating winter holidays. That’s right: the streets are aglow with lights, there’s a brisk cold feeling in the air, and a warm, familiar feeling in our hearts. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we can’t wait to celebrate.

No matter what holidays you choose to celebrate this time of year, one thing is undeniable: it’s the best time of the year to spread some cheer. This season, be a part of the merriment by giving back through these four fun festive ways to spread holiday cheer.

1. Donate winter goods.
Winter may be a time of joy for most, but for many it’s a time of severe struggles. The coldest season has come, and some friends in our community may not have the necessary winter clothes, supplies or homes to stay safe. Many families feel a sense of regret because they cannot provide a meal or gifts for their children—or moreover, choose to give gifts rather than pay immediate bills.

However, you can help alleviate struggles within your own community by donating winter goods to a local shelter or nonprofit. Many shelters accept new or gently used winter items like coats, gloves, hats and boots for all ages. Food banks will also take donations to put together a holiday meal for a family in need.

This brings joy to their clients during difficult times, and helps free up money to pay necessary bills. You can spread cheer this holiday season by giving back to those who need it most.

2. Go caroling.
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” —Buddy the Elf. This season, spread some holiday cheer by caroling for the neighbors and friends in your community. Get a group together and compile a songs list to share with others.

If you really want to get creative, check with local nonprofit organizations to see if any of their clients would like to hear a caroling group. Hospitals, retirement homes and recovery facilities are all great examples of places that love listening to holiday cheer. For an added bonus, consider bringing a donation basket to your caroling locations, then give the donations to a nonprofit organization of your choice.

3. Encourage goodwill.
The easiest (and possibly most difficult) way to spread holiday cheer this season is through our everyday interactions with other people. Encourage goodwill in your community by showing you care for others through your actions towards them. Bake cookies for your neighbor, say hello to a stranger who looks down or even send a kind message to a long-lost friend on social media.

No matter what, your gift of goodwill can never be too small. When we all come together and encourage goodwill among ourselves, we embrace the season of giving, and care for those closest to us in our community. We spread holiday cheer.

4. Give back.
Finally, give holiday cheer this season by giving back to local nonprofit organizations who desperately need it. Nothing means more than helping those in need, and you can do just that. Whether it’s through a monetary donation or volunteering your time, your gift this holiday season shows you love and support those in your community.

And after the holidays are over, don’t forget to carry on the holiday cheer by continuing to share your gifts with those around you. The holidays are an important time to give back, but the rest of the year means just as much when it comes to supporting our friends in need.

This season, spread some holiday cheer by focusing on these four easy ways to share happiness with those around you. When all of us come together in the spirit of the season, we truly make the world a more joyful place.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


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A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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