Lucky for us, it’s like Christmas around here all year long. People in our communities are constantly helping others by donating their time, talent and treasures to charitable organizations and passionate causes. And in every issue our publication applauds and encourages all the good that’s going on around us.
During the holidays our generous giving kicks up a few notches and it warms our hearts just a little bit more than usual. What seems most special to me is the way our kids get excited about doing things for others. We had a lot of fun putting together some of their photos (p. 30) and stories this month, along with so many other generous givers featured in this issue.
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved with special projects this month. Donate old cell phones for soldiers (p. 22), help veterans make some Christmas cash (p. 23), support local growers and artisans (p. 50), meet the needs of grassroots nonprofit organizations (p. 60) and much more.
Consider nominating a woman you know who is creating positive change (see details on p. 1) in our communities. Once again we are asking readers to tell us who these special women are so that we can honor them in our March 2014 Women’s Issue. We will select a few of your nominees to appear on our March cover and host an event to honor all the amazing women in our community.
Your voices and good works make this magazine possible each month. Throughout the daily adventures of creating 60-plus pages of words and pictures and the frenzy of meeting monthly print deadlines, I constantly remind myself of how grateful I am to all of you for your contributions to and your support of Communities Creating Change. As a small gesture of appreciation, my team and I hosted our Annual Community Appreciation Evening on November 7 at Butler’s Courtyard in League City (photos on p. 16) and kicked off our holiday season.
Thank you for bringing us into your hearts and homes each month. Merry Christmas and blessings for a healthy and prosperous New Year.