Updated: December 9, 2012 7:26PM
It’s Give Day in Porter County and, although most of us give of our time, money and self all year, today, until 11:59:59 p.m., is a special day for us to give collectively.
Give Day, the brainchild of the Porter County Community Foundation, will benefit 17 not-for-profit groups that focus on homelessness or provide shelter services for those in need.
The special part is, every dollar given will be matched by generous sponsors — up to $55,000 or more.
Those of us who never have experienced homelessness probably can’t appreciate how horrible it is. Yet, with so many people in our county in dire need of “home,” this very special “giving holiday” can be an early Christmas gift.
All you need to do is go online at www.portercountygiveday.org. You can specify the group you’d like to receive your donation.
I so hope and pray this is a rousing success, so it can be an annual “holiday” in our county.
Thank you to all the Porter County Community Foundation staff and all the sponsors who put this wonderful idea into reality.
I hope you are overwhelmed with its outcome!
The Valparaiso High School Spanish Club and Restaurante don Quijote owner Carlos Rivero will keep the giving spirit going by hosting an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. It includes music, raffles and a silent auction.
Tickets are $35, which includes the buffet, and a $15 gift certificate that can be used the next time you want to enjoy a meal at don Quijote.
All proceeds will be donated to Housing Opportunities and Spring Valley. That is truly a giving spirit.
As I write this column, the election is over, but not all the results are in.
By the time you read this, we’ll know who won every race in every state. Some of us will be jubilant, others concerned.
But I hope, above all, we can get back to being a country that works together for all citizens, and that all politicians can put aside their negative thoughts about one another and think about what must be done to keep America great.
It’s a must!
When Hurricane Sandy left her mark on so many states in so many places with so much devastation, help came from all over our country, which shows we do care about our neighbors near and far.
If our newly elected politicians would use the caring of so many Americans for one another in time of need — whether rich or poor, black or white, young or old — as an example, they would earn the respect of a nation.
We can only hope.
Sunday is Veterans Day, when we remember and honor all the men and women who have served our country so we can enjoy our freedoms.
They have kept our nation safe during declared wars, the Cold War and other regional conflicts in foreign countries.
They often are our real peacemakers.
Take a few minutes to think about them, thank them and pray for those who serve us every day.
Then, I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading.
Fly your flag.