Monday, December 01, 2008

Monthly message from Mayor Lockwood

The holidays are here and with that come festive get-togethers, time with people we love, cold nights and warm fires. We also know that this time of year we are going to be running around buying presents for family and friends, getting food for our holiday feast, decorating our homes inside and out, and much more. Let's face it - during this season of celebration, we're busy. So my goal this year is to take some time to give back to the community and help my neighbors in need.

It is easy to forget that everyone in the world is not as fortunate as us. Not everyone can afford to buy gifts for their loved ones. Some people cannot even afford to put food on their tables. The good news is there are countless ways to help people in need this winter. Please keep in mind that it doesn't necessarily cost anything to lend a hand. Volunteering your time can be appreciated just as much, if not more, than volunteering your money.

This winter you could serveat an Atlanta soup kitchen or help build a home for Habitat for Humanity. You could help deliver food for Meals on Wheels or donate gently used coats and toys to the Salvation Ary or the Kidney Association. You could even visit elderly people in nursing homes or children in local orphanages. And of course, if you don't mind spending some money, you can always donate new toys to Toys for Tots or a meal for someone who might otherwise go without.

Overall, we can make a difference. With over 20,000 residents in Milton we can contribute greatly this holiday season. Imagine what we could accomplish if we all did something for our community or neighboring communities. We can make this winter a little bit better for those who need help the most. And you'll benefit too. As Maya Angelou said, " I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. "

Best wishes to you and your family this Holiday Season.


Joe Lockwood

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