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Our View: Help bridge charity gap

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Each summer, charity groups feel an across-the-board pinch in donations – everything from cash and food to clothing and diapers – until new efforts are reborn during the holidays.

It’s a seasonal burden that nonprofit leaders have had to grow accustomed to. The problem for charities is that feeding and clothing the poor isn’t seasonal work.

It’s understandable that those in a position to give to charity get busy during the summer. Children’s sports, vacations and other activities aren’t anything to feel guilty about. But as summer winds down, we urge people to remember their favortie charities.

McHenry County residents are known for being remarkable when it comes to banding together for a cause and for charitable giving. Obviously, the volume of giving is often relative to the economy.

Help replenish your local food bank. Organize a neighborhood party and have guests bring pantry donations. Send some new diapers to the Diaper Bank at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in McHenry. Donate some gently used items to the Blessing Barn in Crystal Lake.

Volunteer at a PADS site or buy some raffle tickets from Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County or another worthy charity. These agencies could use some help to bridge that gap from summer to late fall.

United Way of Greater McHenry County, which filters donations to many local charities, also will be kicking off its annual contribution campaign later this month.

You can find many ways to help local charities through this link: http://shawurl.com/rtl.

We owe it to those who make sure the needy are fed, clothed and cared for in other ways to help them provide all year long. These agencies always find a way to do so, but would be in a much better position if we remembered them all year.

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