Remember those in need

With the official start of the holiday season just a day away, our thoughts turn away from work and normal day-to-day life and shift to family, friends and togetherness.

As we sit down at the Thanksgiving dinner table and count our blessings, we also should remember those in our community who lack the means to put a roof over their heads and food on the table.

We also should think of those, too, who do their best to provide a living for their families, but fall short because of overwhelming financial obligations and other life hardships.

Thursday also starts the season of giving, and we all – really – have an obligation to take care of our fellow citizens. There but for the grace of God, go I, is a saying we all should live by.

One way local residents can brighten the holiday season for others is to make a donation of goods or food to one of the many area charitable organizations or food pantries.

One such opportunity for our fellow community members is to make a donation to The Telegraph’s Santa Fund.

With the assistance of the United Way of Greater Nashua, the program assists low-income families so they are able to enjoy the Christmas season. Through the fund, families will get assistance with providing their children a variety of gifts, from toys to gift cards and much more.

Three area nonprofits benefit from the fund, the Front Door Agency and The Salvation Army in Nashua and SHARE Outreach, located in Milford.

To make a donation, visit http://bit.ly/SantaFund2018, text “2018santa” to 41444 or drop your gift off to the United Way at 20 Broad St. in Nashua.

This worthwhile endeavor goes a long way in helping those in need have an enjoyable holiday season.

They say giving gifts is better than receiving them, and hopefully, local residents once again band together to lift our neighbors up during this special time of year.