Be the hope in uncertain times


Our world can seem daunting. Imagine landing in Austin for the first time from a refugee camp in Africa or a town in Pakistan by way of Afghanistan. Imagine trying to navigate a life for the first time without a beloved spouse. Imagine trying to wrap your head around what will happen to your children after you are gone — and that time might be soon. Imagine trying to navigate the devastating diagnosis given to your child, your spouse or even yourself.

These are some of the uncertainties our 12 featured Season for Caring families are facing this year. There are hundreds of other families just like them who need your help, too.

And that’s what the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring does. Through Jan. 31, we’ll tell you more about our featured families, but your donations of money, goods and services help not just these families but other families served by the local nonprofit agencies selected this year.

Come together as a community. Gather your friends, your family, your place of employment, your community group, your neighbors. Find at least one thing on a wish list that you can give or collect funds to make your donation go even further.

It might be as simple as the sewing machine you never use being given to a refugee family. It might be picking up an extra toy or sweater when you’re doing your holiday shopping and delivering it to an agency.

It could be even greater, like teaching a young adult a skill, providing access to a degree or turning your old car into the miracle of transportation that allows a mom to get to a job to support her child.

Together, we can be a ray of hope in this uncertain world. Together, we can make this a season of caring.



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