The Gift of Giving

MittensIf you’re looking to warm your heart, in addition to your hands, this holiday season, look no further than some favorite downtown events and great local causes.

The House of Neighborly Service (HNS) offers critical services through a hand-up approach for vulnerable populations, specifically striving to assist and advocate for people challenged by the effects of poverty or facing situational crisis.  A portion of proceeds from the beer and wine garden at this year's Festival of Lights event will be donated to HNS and collection boxes for food/clothing items will be stationed at the event. The top desired items currently are socks, gloves and hoodies for adults, instant Cup-O-Noodles and macaroni & cheese, coffee and creamer.

137 Homeless Connection is an outreach program of the House of Neighborly Service that serves homeless adults. With a year-round day shelter and an inclement weather night shelter, 137 offers its clients basic services, case management, advocacy and referrals. During the holiday season, you can help their cause by donating food and clothing, or by offering financial support.

Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud offers homebound seniors nutritious meals and human contact as meals are delivered by caring volunteers. Look for Meals on Wheels volunteers who will be staffing the hot chocolate and s’mores station at the 2017 Festival of Lights. Can’t make the event? Their Santa for Seniors Program is underway and accepting donations to enhance the holiday for seniors in need.

If you’re looking to do more this holiday season to support those in our community who are in need, we invite you to donate your time, talent or treasure to the many organizations doing amazing work in Loveland!

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