What are you doing for the holidays? Are you shopping online or braving the stores?
Are you gathering with friends and family or keeping a safe distance? Are you traveling or sticking close to home?
As you make your plans, please remember that right now hundreds of Cape Codders are struggling to keep the roofs over their heads.
This holiday season, we’re facing an acute housing crisis on the Lower and Outer Cape. Working people are turning to the Lower Cape Outreach Council for emergency assistance as an already tight real estate market grows even tighter.
When you give to the Gifts of Hope holiday campaign, you make it possible for local people to stay in their homes. You make it possible for them to consolidate their resources by shopping for groceries in our 9 food pantries from Harwich to Provincetown or by using our free clothing store in Orleans. You make it possible for them to turn to us for help when the heat is running low or when there’s a threat of utility shut offs. You make it possible for them to get back to work when a truck or car or boat needs repairs. You even make it possible for them to prepare for and pursue new, more self-sustaining job paths.
Hundreds of households have made it through the last year and a half because the Lower Cape Outreach Council is here to help. Last year, we were able to distribute $962,680 of food to households in need. We were able to provide $999,419 in emergency financial assistance to help our clients hold on when things seemed overwhelming.
We can only be as helpful as your generosity allows us to be. Your friendship and support are essential to our clients as they work to keep their heads above water and put food on their tables.
Each Friday, from November 26 to January 7, The Cape Codder will publish case studies of clients we’ve helped this year. They will also run a weekly list of donors to the Gifts of Hope campaign. If you’d like your donation recorded just let us know. (This is a perfect opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one.)
Please help. Together, we can make the holidays brighter and more secure for our neighbors.
Larry Marsland, CEO
Lower Cape Outreach Council