The Gift of Giving All Year Round

By Becky Larson,

‘Tis the season to be jolly. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

These are just a few of the infamous lines that have come to describe the holiday season. It really does seem to be a magical time of year. At least for those of us who have a roof over our heads, food in our refrigerators and family and friends to celebrate the good times. But there are many people in our community that don’t have homes where they can deck the halls.

There are many who feel this most wonderful time of year is just a reminder of what they aren’t able to provide for their families this month or in the months to come.

I’m by no means trying to make you feel guilty for having the things that you do. But the holidays are a good time to not only stop and be grateful for what we have but to also think about how we can give back now and all year round. And, with New Year’s resolutions already on everyone’s minds, volunteering is a great one to add to your list (I’m reminding myself of this too).

So don’t feel guilty, just give back!

Here are some of the local organizations that need help now and throughout the year. Feel free to comment and add your favorite places to volunteer.

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About Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer has extensive experience in journalism and new media. As the founding editor of, Spencer combines his writing, reporting and editing skills to produce a "pretty good site about midtown." During the day, Spencer covers government and also covers the NBA. At night, he watches T.V. and plays on the Internet. Every now and then, he walks around his midtown neighborhood. Spencer began his professional journalism career with The Sacramento Bee, finishing his tenure with the McClatchy-owned newspaper in the new media department. Spencer moved to Connecticut where he continued his growth in new media as a writer/content producer for NBC Sports. Spencer also worked in media relations with the Sacramento River Cats, Minor League Baseball Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from California State University, Sacramento where he served as Editor-in-Chief of The State Hornet campus newspaper. Spencer was raised in Marin County and currently lives in Sacramento, Calif. Spencer works in the community as a high school basketball coach in the Sacramento area.


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1 Comment for “The Gift of Giving All Year Round”

  1. Chelsey

    Great article!

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