A Season for Giving

The holidays are here! Over the next few weeks we will be focused on family, friends and the traditions we have created. In this time of great joy, it is important to remember to give as well as receive. So follow Winston Churchill’s example when he said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
As you find gifts for loved ones and other special persons, remember that the most valuable gift you can give is free: you and your time. The true holiday spirit is about love and kindness, not materialism.
You have an opportunity this year to create new traditions for your family and friends. Some fun suggestions include:
• Help your local food bank: White Bear Lake (http://whitebearfoodshelf.org/), North Saint Paul (http://northstpaulareaemerge.intuitwebsites.com/index.html) or Second Harvest Heartland (www.2harvest.org).
• Donate Toys at Toys for Tots (http://www.toysfortots.org/).
• Ring a Bell for the Salvation Army (http://salvationarmynorth.org/).
• Donate time or money to help a military family through the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program (http://www.beyondtheyellowribbon.org).
• Volunteer or donate to a local church. Many churches focus on helping local families in need.
I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Please remember that there are many families out there enduring hard times this year due to our country’s turbulent economy. Do what you can to help families in need with donations of both money and your time.
I would also like to say a special thanks to those who will not be spending time with their families this Christmas. American soldiers make many sacrifices. One that is particularly hard is missing time with their families over the holidays. Keep our soldiers and their loved ones in your hearts and prayers.
As always, please contact me with questions or suggestions regarding any issue. Please visit my Senate website at senate.mn/senatorwiger. I also encourage you to visit me at the Capitol, or let me know if you’d like me to stop by your home or apartment. Also, please tune in to my local cable TV show, “Your Capitol: What’s Up?,” which appears on public access channels 15 and 16.
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Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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