The holiday season is a favorite time for many people. Filled with family and lots of food, there is no wonder it is called the most wonderful time of the year. However, for those who find themselves in a bad economic situation, the holidays can be a time of extreme stress and dissatisfaction. Things that most of us take for granted during this time become unattainable. Families go hungry while some feast on a turkey big enough to last for months. Others freeze without a home to keep them warm.
As much as we want to ignore these hard times in order to enjoy ourselves on Christmas Eve, the truth of the matter is that some of us are suffering. Fortunately, we all have the capacity to help someone in need, and there is no better time of year to help than right now. For the financially stable, donating food and money to local organizations like Goodwill and Food for Lane County can change lives. However, donating time by volunteering is another great way to help others out, and it is completely free. Some local places that can always use help are Planned Parenthood, Greenhill, NextStep Recycling, Bags of Love, the Eugene Mission, and many more. Take some time this holiday season to give back.