Giving Back During the Holidays

For whatever reason, this time of year brings out the best in people.

Despite the fact that everyone seems to be in a hectic rush to finish off their to-do lists before the dawn of Dec. 25, for the most part, people seem to smile a bit more readily, acts of kindness come a bit easier and the idea of looking out for your fellow resident becomes a bit more top of mind.
It’s that last part I want to focus on in this month’s column for Great Lakes Bay Magazine.

Throughout this month’s issue, you’ll find a wide range of holiday-themed offerings from how different cultures and religions celebrate during this time of year to the inspiring story of a man who spreads seasonal joy as a professional Santa Claus.

Roger Wyersberg underwent a rigorous educational regiment at Midland’s Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School to assume the role of Old Saint Nick – and his story could benefit us all. I’m not saying we have to enroll in Santa Claus school, but we can all do a little more this month to spread a bit of holiday cheer to those who need it most.

Here’s a partial list of some local agencies that could use your help to assist others this time of year:

  • The Salvation Army Bay City Corps, 401 Tenth St., Bay City
  • The Salvation Army Saginaw Corps, 2030 N. Carolina St., Saginaw
  • The Salvation Army Midland Corps, 330 Waldo Ave., Midland
  • City Rescue Mission of Saginaw, 1021 Burt St., Saginaw
  • Mustard Seed Shelter, 1325 Cherry St., Saginaw
  • YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, 1104 Washington Ave., Bay City
  • CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 1311 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw
  • CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region, 715 N. Euclid Ave., Bay City
  • United Way of Midland County, 115 Jerome St., Midland
  • United Way of Saginaw County, 100 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 3, Saginaw
  • United Way of Bay County, 909 Washington Ave., Suite 2, Bay City
  • United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties, 524 E. Mosher St., Mount Pleasant

Time and time again, you’ve proven that there’s no shortage of generosity and compassion among the residents of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Let’s all do a little more during this time of year to ensure that we remember everyone in our communities, whether they are going through good times or hard times. Together we can give more of ourselves to provide a happier holiday to all.