As the festive season approaches, there are numerous food drives and gift drives within our communities.
Charitable giving is an important part of the festive season for many, and the donations at this time of the year can help to bring some much-needed holiday cheer to those in need.
There are some additional expenses in the days and weeks leading up to the holidays.
This is the time when heating bills are high, when the need for warm clothing is greatest and when there are additional expenses associated with holiday celebrations.
Some among us are on reduced hours and reduced incomes during the winter, creating an extra financial strain.
But the need is not limited to one time of the year.
There are individuals, couples and families living on low incomes and struggling to make ends meet throughout the year.
One unexpected expense can have serious consequences.
And this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected many, as some businesses have had to downsize, lay off staff or reduce working hours for some employees.
For those affected by this pandemic and for those with limited incomes, the financial struggles are not just limited to the festive season.
This is why food banks across the province are needed throughout the year, and this is why it is important to provide help to these, and there are individuals and families who need their services in the spring, summer and fall as well as during the winter months.
Take time to give generously during this time of year, but don’t forget to continue to support the food bank and other important services after the holiday season is over.
The need continues throughout the year.
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