The holiday season is the giving season and there are many deserving local organizations and charities that would welcome a donation.
The annual Warm The Children campaign is hoping to reach its goal of $54,000 this year so it may provide winter clothing, hats and gloves to underprivileged children.
The Friends of the Friendship Center in New Britain are selling luminaries to fund their programs.
The United Way of West Central Connecticut is seeking help in funding area non-profits.
The Salvation Army’s red kettles can be found at various locations in New Britain, Bristol and neighboring communities, where any contribution large or small is welcome.
Then there is, From New Britain With Love: Christmas for Puerto Rico, a new charity this year, which is seeking donations of new toys for children ages 2-15 who recently arrived in Connecticut after being displaced by Hurricane Maria.
Let’s not forget the annual Toys For Tots drives, the Stuff-A-Cruiser collections run by local police departments and area food pantries seeking items for holiday baskets.
For those who wish to pay it forward without spending their cash, a donation of time may be the answer.
Volunteers are needed at local soup kitchens such as the First Lutheran Church in New Britain to help serve a Christmas morning breakfast.
Then there are the family members, friends and neighbors who could use an unexpected act of kindness this time of year.
Whether you choose to open your wallet or open your heart, a charitable act is one that benefits both the recipient and the donor and that is the best gift of all.