Spirit of giving needed now, all through the year

THE PLYMOUTH FOOD PANTRY is attempting to raise funds to match a generous $5,000 anonymous grant through Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.

The food pantry must collect that amount by Dec. 15 in order to receive the full donation and they’re reaching out to the community to help make that happen.

It’s truly a worthy cause and especially so in this season of giving, no matter what you call or how you celebrate this season.

With the generous support of the community, the Plymouth Food Pantry can secure this donation and thus enhance the already worthy help they provide for those among us in need.

While the economy is improving and things are getting better for most of us than they were just a few short years ago, the truth is there is – and always will be – those among us in need of a little help and support, including the kind the Plymouth Food Pantry provides.

To make a donation, contact the Plymouth Food Pantry at the St. Vincent de Paul store, 2225 Eastern Ave., or contact David Majerus of the pantry at (920) 946-2145.

Being a season of giving, there are many efforts underway right now to raise funds for a number of good causes related to the city.

The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the city of Plymouth are raising funds for new Christmas decorations for downtown and Eastern Avenue. The Making Holidays Bright drive is underway, with the goal to replace the outdated and rapidly-failing current decorations – the number of which is steadily shrinking as parts have to be switched out to replace others that have failed.

The style and message of the decorations has yet to be determined – Making Holidays Bright is simply the title of the fund drive, not necessarily the message that will be displayed on the new decorations – but they will help to brighten the city during future seasons and help put all of us in the holiday mood.

A donation page has been set up at https://fundly.com/new-christmas-decorations-for-plymouth-wi and the city has already pledged $10,000 toward the final goal.

Being a season of giving, there are, of course, many other worthwhile fund-raising and charitable efforts going on in the community.

• The Old Wade House is collecting coats, hats, mittens, gloves and other warm clothing as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “The Big Bundle Up” charitable campaign.

• Toys for needy children are being collected by Project Angels Hugs, and by the U.S. Marine Corps at various locations throughout the area.

• And of course there are the familiar Salvation Army red kettles throughout the area asking for spare change to support that group’s many charitable efforts.

There are many more of course, all deserving of our support, and all worth a little effort or a little bit of money – whatever can be spared.

That’s true, of course, in this season, but it’s also true throughout the year.

These and many other worthwhile causes deserve our support not just as Christmas approaches but throughout the year. It’s a little way we can make the holidays last a little longer and spread the spirit and joy year-round.

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