Give a Helping Hand This Holiday

Every holiday season, I think about those who are less fortunate.  Each time we go into Walmart, I let my kids put some money in the Salvation Army kettle, and we love to pack Shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

There are so many ways you can give during the holidays, however this year, many of us are struggling to stay afloat.  We will still give monetarily, because even struggling, we are blessed.  But did you know there is a way you can give locally that doesn’t involve money?  You can donate your time to the areas only homeless shelter in a seven county radius: The Hospitality House of Boone.

The Hospitality House of the Boone Area, Inc. is a private, non-profit crisis intervention agency that assists adults and families in homeless situations. We have provided shelter and services to the homeless for 23 years.

Around this time of year, they are always in need of blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, and non-perishable food. You can also provide one of the three daily meals that Hospitality House serves. You can cook the food at home and bring it to serve there, or you can go cook in their kitchen alongside the residents.

Lots of time, when the kids give money, they are really giving my money, which is fine with me. But it may be a valuable way to teach them about serving others if they actually went and volunteered their time.

Here are some other ways you can help:

  • Preparing and Cooking Meals
  • Small Group Projects
  • Gardening
  • House Maintenance and Repairs
  • Office Assistance
  • Internships
  • Language Translation (especially Spanish)
  • Serve on the Board of Directors or a Committee

For more information, please call Rosalie Stewart, Shelter Manager at (828) 264-1237or e-mail her at

Of course, the Hospitality House can always use monetary donations, visit the website to donate, or buy a Ray’s Weather 2009 calendar.  $2.00 from each calendar sold will go to the Hospitality House..


  1. Anna Lynch says:

    Thanks for this great info and the reminder that there are many people in need around us!

  2. Yes, Anna! And even if we don’t have money to give, we can give our time!