The holidays are a time for togetherness and fun.  Whether you are decorating the Christmas tree or gathering around the Menorah or simply celebrating the joy of the season, spirits are high and love is in the air.  But unfortunately, the holiday season is not fun for everyone. For some people, it brings with it financial strain, stress and loneliness.  This is the time of year when those less fortunate need comfort and assistance more than ever.  Here are a few ideas of how you can make this a season of giving and compassion for those in need. (click links for more information)

  • The Cookie Letter – Make your 2016 Holidays extra special by honoring your friends and family with the Mid-South Food Bank Cookie Letter and provide the gift of food for people in need. For a $50 per letter minimum donation, you provide approximately 150 meals for those in need this holiday season. See The Cookie Letter for details.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis provides academic, recreational, and mentoring programs for young people in need in Memphis. You can help by sponsoring a child or providing a scholarship for a student or making a one-time donation.
  • Dorothy Day House of Hospitality is the only shelter in Memphis that allows families to stay together.  They provide food, shelter and clothing to homeless families and they work with them to get them back on their feet, even after they have moved into permanent housing.  The house is always in need of supplies, monetary donations and volunteers to provide childcare, tutoring, house repairs and more.  Click here to learn how you can help. How to Help

No matter how you find a way to GIVE during the holidays, bringing joy and comfort to others is the best gift of all! 

Happy Holidays from Melissa Thompson and the We Know Memphis team!