In a Giving Mood? Step Up and Boost Holiday Share

Novato Human Needs' annual program wraps up on Dec. 14 and could use last-ditch support in the form of checks and gifts. It'll make a big difference for economically challenged families this holiday season.

Between Shop with a Cop, the Novato Fire Toy Drive, various church efforts and businesses urging their employees to reach out to those in need, we have an awful lot of good karma being generated this season. The Novato Human Needs Center's annual Holiday Share Program is among the most beloved campaign to help socioeconomically challenged families have a joyous holiday.

This annual program provides gifts for adults, toys for kids and food for needy families, according to NHN executive director Deanna Euritt. Monetary donations and unwrapped toys are accepted through Dec. 14 at the Holiday Share site at the Novato Fair Shopping Center. From 2-6 p.m. the next few days, you can drop off a check or gift in the transformed storefront near the Dollar Tree store, between Subway and Holiday Cleaners. Just look for the big Holiday Share sign.

Euritt and board president Jean Gunn remind Novato residents that the Novato Human Needs Center assists more than 4,000 residents annually, especially aiding low-income people overcome their crises and move toward self-sufficiency by providing a variety of local services. So keep the center in mind all year long, but sharing some holiday cheer right now would be stellar timing.

An idea: Write a check to Novato Human Needs in the name of the Rev. Dina Gardner, the center's former outreach coordinator who died of cancer last week.

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