By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The table hasn’t even been set for Thanksgiving dinner yet, but already store shelves are stocked with items that practically shout Christmas holiday cheer.
Slowly, images of snowflakes and twinkling lights and Christmas trees are taking over the scene. And though we’re still a couple of weeks away from the Christmas season, we have arrived at a time of year that coincides pretty nicely with both Thanksgiving and Christmas: the season of giving.
For many of us, the end of the year is a time when we reflect on both the joys and the tribulations we may have faced throughout the previous 11-12 months. It’s a time when we count our blessings, as well as pause to take moments to appreciate our families, friends and even our coworkers.
But this time of year is also when many of us look for ways to give back, to pay forward the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. And luckily for us, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that.
Many organizations in the Laguna Madre need our help year-round, and there are myriad ways to contribute. From volunteering to walk dogs at the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter or Friends of Animal Rescue, to planting native grasses in our sand dunes during dune restoration projects, to writing a check to your favorite charity, there’s always a way to help. One does not have to be rich of pocket in order to be rich of heart.
The calendar is full of upcoming charity events, as well.
This Saturday, Sea Turtle Inc. is hosting a 1970s-themed fundraiser at Louie’s Backyard called “Throwback to Our Beginning: The 70s.” The psychedelic celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. The non-profit organization, which works all year to rescue and rehabilitate injured or sick sea turtles, as well as care for sea turtle eggs, is looking to expand it facilities.
Friends of Animal Rescue will be holding their annual fundraiser, “Raise the Ruff” on Saturday, as well. The fun gets started at 6 p.m. at Laguna Bob. Cat lovers can take advantage of $5 cat adoptions right now, too.
And finally, next weekend, The Ay Chihuahua Fundraiser to benefit the Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter in Port Isabel will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21. The tail-wagging festivities will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center.
These are just a few of the giving opportunities this holiday season; many more are sure to come. Giving back and helping each other is what makes this community so great.
We want to hear your story. Were you helped because of someone’s generosity? Were you able to help someone else? Tell us about it online at www.portisabelsouthpadre.com.
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