Happy holidays! The countdown to Christmas day is here! For many families around the Pacific Northwest, that means a lot of holiday parties, baking, festive home decorations, and many errands in the rainy weather trying to find the perfect gifts. The Christmas season is full of memories and traditions! It’s definitely a very busy time of year for many people and it can often be easy to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday: giving! Whether you’re giving to friends, loved ones, people that you work with, or people in the community that you don’t know, it’s important to keep the spirit of giving as one of the main parts of the season.
This holiday season it can be easy to take your warm home for granted! Maybe you recently invested in a new heat pump or furnace for your house or office space and you’re loving the benefits! This holiday season, remember all of those people in your city and neighborhood that are without a warm place to call home or a hot meal to eat around a table with family or friends. What ways can you give back to someone in need? Here are Specialty, we make it an annual tradition to collect food and make a donation to the Oregon Food Bank during the holiday season. Sarah Streeter of Specialty Heating says, “Every year, we encourage our employees to attend our company party and bring canned foods so we can make a generous donation to people in need. This year, we donated more than 100 cans to this local charity!” Next time you’re at the grocery store grabbing food for dinner, put a few extra cans of food in your cart and consider how you can help fill someone else’s pantry, too. Local food banks always receive more requests for assistance during the holidays because many families just can’t afford to eat well during this time of year.
Or, if you’d rather do something more hands-on to help keep others warm in the area, buy or hand-make a few blankets or “care packages” with toiletries and snack items and distribute them to people that you see on the street. There are also several local non-profit agencies around town that help young families with clothing and other materials that they need. Reaching out and serving others during the holidays is a great way to the spread love and cheer during this wonderful holiday time!
From our team at Specialty to your family, happy holidays!