How can you feel the joy of the season if you’re afraid of being evicted or worried about feeding your kids? How can you be of good cheer if you have no heat or they’re threatening to shut off your electricity?
This year, over 1,400 households from Harwich to Provincetown have found help and hope at the Lower Cape Outreach Council.
We caught them up on their rents, paid for heat, prevented utility shut offs, fixed their broken vehicles and covered the co-pays for their prescriptions.
We helped them concentrate their incomes on saving their homes by giving them access to our food pantries and our free clothing store. We saw them through the storm and helped them land in a better place with emergency financial assistance, a jobs program, mentoring, even tuition assistance so they could upgrade their work skills or pursue new job directions entirely.
This holiday season, we’ll provide brand new toys and winter coats to nearly 600 local children.
We’ll also make sure these children and their parents enjoy Thanksgiving with turkeys and all the fixings.
We are able to do these things thanks to the donors who support our efforts through the Gifts of Hope holiday campaign. We are able to do these things because people on the Lower and Outer Cape care about their neighbors and want to help.
Despite a low unemployment rate and a thriving economy, we are helping more people today than at any time in our 40 year history. We have set an ambitious goal of $400,000 for Gifts of Hope because that’s what it will take to stay responsive through the winter months ahead.
Each week, from November 15th until the first of the year, The Cape Codder will publish stories of people who came to us and found assistance, compassion and a way out of their troubles.
Send a tax-deductible contribution to the Lower Cape Outreach Council today or contribute online at lcoutreach.org. If you like, we’ll be happy to list your name in The Cape Codder or the name of someone you’d like to honor or memorialize. Just use the enclosed reply card to list your donation the way you’d like it to appear, if you’d like it to appear at all.
Please help. So many of our neighbors are struggling.
Larry Marsland, CEO