Giving A Little Of Yourself This Season

Our common traditions are a tremendous source of unity and comfort and an important part of the upcoming holiday season. Thanksgiving is a time for families, friends and communities to share in the many things that bind us together; warm meals, generosity toward our neighbors and thoughtful reflection on the year that passed. It is a time when all New Yorkers can, together, be grateful for the many blessings we enjoy in our great state and also offer a helping hand to those struggling.
 
I am continually impressed by the hard work and thoughtfulness I see each day from New Yorkers. From volunteering at local food pantries to donating blood and finding new, creative ways to offer help to those in need, New York has a proud history of giving. This Thanksgiving, take a moment to be thankful for the incredible efforts of others and consider one or two new ways you can help your community.
 
HELP PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR THOSE IN NEED 
 
Too many New Yorkers are struggling to put food on the table. Nearly all of us have firsthand experience with those less fortunate, and the holiday season offers the perfect time to share with those in need of assistance. For our youngest New Yorkers, family financial strains that magnify day-to-day challenges can make learning and focusing at school difficult. For the elderly, malnutrition is a serious healthcare matter. A donation to your local food pantry will go a long way toward combating hunger.
 
This Thanksgiving season, I encourage you to visit http://www.foodpantries.org/ or go to the links below for information on local food pantries. The volunteers and donors who support them are invaluable to the Finger Lakes region and New York; consider how you could be a part of their mission.

Also, there are many other great programs worthy of your time and donations. Visit these links for contact information for the Seneca County programs and Ontario County programs that impact our most economically vulnerable.     
 
It is my sincere hope each of you can take some time to consider the needs of your friends, family and neighbors. We all face challenges and need a hand from time to time. We are always strongest when we work together to make our communities better.
 
What do you think?  I want to hear from you. Send me your feedback, suggestions and ideas regarding this or any other issue facing New York State. You can always contact my district office at (315) 781-2030, email me at kolbb@nyassembly.gov, find me by searching for Assemblyman Brian Kolb on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter.

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