An enthusiast’s view of America’s Original Seaside Resort… by Meghan Kunz
If you’re not careful, it’s quite easy to overlook something important during the holiday rush. Between the decorations, party–planning, recipe–swapping, present–buying, list–making, family gatherings… well, it’s rather exhausting. At the end of each day, you may find yourself sighing with relief – another obstacle course overcome. Another day has passed, the countdown continues. You collapse in a heap, then start to mentally prepare for the next 24 hours.
It’s easy to forget, so no judgment is passed here. But is there any place on your to–do list for the true spirit of the holidays? I’m not just talking about the token gift to your mailman or hair dresser. What are you giving back? I know some people may roll their eyes and think, “I give back all the time. I just bought raffle tickets for that fundraiser. And didn’t I donate that sweater I hate to charity?” Okay, that’s a step in the right direction. But amid the holiday bustle there should be time to remember that not everyone is as lucky as you are. Even if you have it bad, someone is always in a worse situation. What can you do?
Small steps can have significant effects. The Coalition Against Rape and Abuse in Cape May Court House is currently collecting new, unwrapped gifts for newborns through teenage children. If you’re interested in dropping off a gift, call (609) 522-6489. Wilsey Realty on Lafayette Street is running its second annual Holiday Diaper Drive now through January 3. Donations can be dropped off Mondays–Saturdays 9am–5pm and Sundays 10am–2pm. Flying Fish Studio in West Cape May is selling one-of-a-kind “Have a Heart for Hunger” Christmas ornaments designed by local artist Matt Long, supporting the Community Food Bank of New Jersey – Southern Branch.
Consider volunteering your time or services at a local homeless shelter, such as Family Promise in Cape May Court House. Donating a used car could help someone secure employment this year. Offer to drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or volunteer your editing skills to enhance a résumé. For animal lovers, you can make a donation to Animal Outreach of Cape May County. A $50 donation will help spay/neuter an animal or provide food for the shelter for a week. Visit www.animaloutreachofcmc.org for more information. Or give a gift to some furry friends at the Cape May County Animal Shelter in Cape May Court House. Some items that are needed include: paper towels, cotton balls, Kongs, Nylabones, Wiffle balls, towels, sheets, blankets, small rugs and quality pet food.
Every bit helps.