Plenty of opportunities to give this season

These organizations, and many others, are worthy of support

By Ken Esten Cooke— This season of giving, it is rewarding to see how well Fredericksburgers support the less fortunate.

The Hill Country Community Needs Council, Fredericksburg Food Pantry, The Good Samaritan Center, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg are just four organizations that take care of our town’s needy.

Civic organizations like the Lions Club, the Kiwanis, Rotary or the Optimists contribute much to everything from highway cleanup to high school scholarships.

Other organizations, such as the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Post 244 or the VFW Post 7105, boost our community and show support of the many who served our country in the military.

Our volunteer fire departments are worthy, as they protect our communities around the clock, driven by small budgets, yet a huge desire to serve.

Some contribute to the heritage of the area, such as the “Friends” groups which support Gillespie County Country Schools, the Pioneer Memorial Library, various cemetery associations and even our area state parks.

Still others contribute to our quality of life, such as the Art Guild, the Fredericksburg Chorale or the Community Orchestra, or the Fredericksburg Theater Company.

And, of course, our many churches, which strengthen our faith weekly, give back to the community in the way of supporting the needy.

Many of these are 501(c)(3) organizations and can serve as tax deductions as well.

There is no way we can list all such worthy organizations in this space. But as a public service, the Standard-Radio Post frequently runs a full-page that lists organizations which subsist largely on donations. That page lists addresses, a contact person and a phone number for the various entities. (Please notify us of any changes.)

We know this town will continue its amazing support of these that give so much to our community.

With empathetic hearts for those less fortunate, those who have faced disaster or trial, or with an ear toward those who enrich our community, we encourage support of these charities.

Thank you, Fredericksburg, for your kind spirits and loving gifts this holiday season.

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