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Great Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

by Amie Rodgers

The holidays are just around the corner and while you plan your memorable gatherings for friends and family and complete your holiday shopping, be sure to remember the importance of giving back during this season. Whether it is a donation of food, money or a few hours of your time, below are just a few of the many organizations that serve those in need in our community during the holidays as well as throughout the year.

The Love Kitchen – Serves meals as well as distributes food boxes to the hungry. 1715 S. Penrod Lane Pinetop (928) 367-6505

Shepherd’s Kitchen Food Bank – Distributes food boxes to the hungry. 344 W. 4th St. S Snowflake (928) 521-0021

Meals on Wheels – Based out of the Show Low Senior Center, this program supplies and delivers hot meals to the home bound (928) 532-0656

White Mountain SAFE House – The only full-service shelter located in the White Mountains providing a safe, home-like environment for victims escaping the unsafe environment of domestic violence (928) 367-6017www.wmsafehouse.org

CASA of Navajo County – An organization affiliated with a network of 955 programs that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. (928) 524-4135 www.azcourts.gov/casaofnavajocounty

Bread of Life Mission – Bread of Life Mission, located in Holbrook has been supplying emergency shelter for men, women and children for 13 years in their current location. Last year alone the mission served 26,632 meals, and provided 7607 bed nights to men, 3420 to women, and 1009 to children. Each adult is immediately enrolled into a point program, whereby they must accomplish a certain number of healthy activities and choices in order to stay. Bread of Life Mission offers many services, including recovery with a Christian emphasis. They are always in need of food, clothing, and financial assistance. Contact them for volunteer opportunities or a tour; 885 Hermosa Dr. Holbrook 86025  www.bolmaz.com  928-524-3874

Navajo County Drug Project – Holidays are supposed to be fun, uplifting and a celebration of family and life. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way. Families have challenges and it affects their children and teens. NCDP has a fantastic program for teens called MPOWRD. We help teens work through life challenges and teach them leadership, confidence, choices and trust along with many other life helpful tools. Your AZ Charitable Tax Credit donation goes towards helping these teens! You can donate $400 for individual and $800 for married couple and get tax credit for it. (That is only $33 and $66 per month.) So around this holiday season, we hope that you are healthy and happy and ask that you please help others to be.  www.ncdp.rocks