Written by Stephen Harris for United Way to Hunterdon County
We all know the saying that it is better to give then to receive. Cliché as it may sound, this is especially true during the holiday season, when many families struggle obtaining basic necessities and have little money left for gifts. Think back to the holidays with your own family, sharing joy and toys. Some families need a little assistance, a helping hand, Holiday Hands.
ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) describes working families barely able to stay afloat in difficult financial waters. ALICE is a family of four with a household income of just under $90,000 in Hunterdon County. They are barely getting by and those living below the ALICE threshold, those in poverty are much worse off. This is magnified during the holidays, especially for children.
Holiday Hands is a United Way program which matches donors with families. Last year more than 2700 households received holiday joy through the program.
The Holiday Hands program is a powerful way to get children engaged in community outreach, and a great way to show our neighbors that we care.
Giving a gift to a disadvantaged family does not solve their problem but Holiday Hands gives joy and lifts spirits. Please consider adopting a family or volunteering during the holidays. Learn how here. Happy Holidays!