The holiday season is a time to celebrate life and love with one’s family members and friends, give thanks for what one has, and foster hope for the future. It should be a time of joy and laughter, togetherness and plenty, a time to reflect upon how lucky one truly is to have their health, their happiness and their family. When one thinks about the holiday season he may imagine wonderful feasts, laughing with family and friends, exchanging gifts and much more. This is normal and natural, and truly when individuals have worked hard all year long they certainly deserve to celebrate during the holidays. However, the simple fact is that many families go without during the holiday season, and don’t experience such a joyous time. These families may not have sufficient funds to adequately support themselves, and therefore rely on generous donations from others in order to even have three basic meals a day. While most individuals enjoy plenty it is very important, and very much in the spirit of the season, to take the time and give to others who may not be so fortunate.
This year, Animal Healthcare PC in Naperville, Illinois is teaming up with Loaves and Fishes in order to ensure that more families in the area experience the pleasant holiday season they deserve. Among a variety of other very valuable services, Loaves and Fishes provides meals to families in need, thanks to the generous efforts and donations of over one thousand local volunteers and support organizations in the community. Loaves and Fishes distributes more than sixty thousand pounds of groceries each week – providing meals to approximately six hundred local families every week. Approximately fifty percent of the food they provide is for children. Loaves and Fishes believes that ample food is a right, not a privilege, and that the power of a strong community can change lives. Animal Healthcare PC is proud to do their part in supporting this vital community group, with the help of their clients and friends.
Strengthening & Helping the Community
The strength of a community is often defined by how high they set their goals, and how hard they work to achieve them. To this end, Animal Healthcare PC has set the goal of collecting at least three hundred pounds of food to donate to Loaves and Fishes. This is a tall order, and in order to meet their goal they are spreading the word every way they can – through the veterinary clinic office, on Facebook, through e-cards, word-of-mouth and more. To keep everyone excited about the food drive, an up-to-date tally of food donations will be posted on a large thermometer display in the clinic, and everyone is encouraged to stop by and donate whatever they can in order to help Animal Healthcare PC meet their goal. In order to ensure that donated foods can be distributed by Loaves and Fishes, please select commercially packaged food items in cans or unbreakable containers, such as:
- Canned meats
- Canned and boxed meals
- Peanut and other nut butters
- Canned or dried beans and peas
- Pasta, rice and cereal
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Baby foods
Monetary donations are also accepted.
There is no doubt that receiving things from others is one of the many joys of the holiday season. However, the experience and joy of giving to others what they truly need in order to make their holiday season bright and merry cannot be measured, and can be as simple as donating food to those in need. Every single donation, small or large, is helpful and much appreciated.