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Giving Back During the Holiday Season

Written By: Tori Johnson

With the holidays approaching it can be easy to get tied up in the holiday madness. For Thanksgiving, we often times get consumed in eating as much food as humanly possible, and then fighting the masses in Black Friday shopping. For Christmas, we then stress over what gifts to buy family members, and hope that this will be the year that one person in your family that is terrible at giving gifts, will stop trying to buy you clothes and will just give you money or a gift card like you asked.

In the midst of all the holiday chaos, I encourage you all to remember what the holiday season is all about. Being thankful, embracing time with family, and giving back. As a college student myself I know it can be difficult in the midst of working, internships, and school work, to give back and get involved within the community. During the holiday season, giving back to our community is more vital than ever. Giving back does not always have to include money, but it can consist of volunteering your time, simply donating gently used items that you no longer use, or taking those extra canned goods in your pantry to the nearest shelter. It is important during the holiday season to be grateful for all that we have, and have the giving spirit to help those in need.

For those locally within the Aurora area, there are many organizations that could use extra volunteers or would appreciate a money donation or new/gently used items. Listed below are some organizations within the area, that you can begin looking into or contacting about what they are in need of if you are looking for ways of helping the community and getting involved during this holiday season.

World Relief Aurora
Non-Profit Organization, 73 S Lasalle St, Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 906-9546 https://worldreliefdupageaurora.org

Mutual Ground
Domestic Abuse Treatment Center, 418 Oak Ave, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-0084 www.mutualground.org

Hesed House
Homeless Shelter, 659 River St #2, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-2156 https://www.hesedhouse.org

Feed My Starving Children
Non-Profit Organization, 555 Exchange Ct, Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 851-0404 https://volunteer.fmsc.org/register/#

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry
Non-Profit Organization, 1110 Jericho Rd, Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 897-2127 https://www.aurorafoodpantry.org

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity
Social Services Organization, 1300 S Broadway, Montgomery, IL 60538
(630) 859-3333 www.foxvalleyhabitat.org

Fox Valley United Way
Non-Profit Organization, 44 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-4636 https://www.foxvalleyunitedway.org

Salvation Army
Social Services Organization, 437 E Galena Blvd, Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 897-7265 www.salarmyaurora.org

Triple Threat Mentoring
Non-Profit Organization, 1002 Four Seasons Blvd. Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 570-9506 www.triplethreat.org