December is Opportunity to Help Others (OTHers) month in Virginia. OTHers month recognizes the ongoing need for support of faith-based and charitable organizations across the Commonwealth that help others not just during the holidays but year round.
“This year, as many in Virginia faced tornados, a record earthquake, a hurricane and tropical storm and continued financial challenges, we saw the amazing spirit and generosity of our citizens in times of need. Without hesitation, Virginians regularly lent a hand, helped their neighbors, volunteered time and gave back to our communities. Service to others is a hallmark of all of the world’s major religions. This holiday season, I ask that Virginians reflect on the many blessings in life we have been given and everything we have to be thankful for, and also take some time out of our busy lives to help those less fortunate across the Commonwealth. Here in Virginia, we are fortunate to have many wonderful organizations that year-round provide shelter, food and support for those in need. In December, as we prepare for the holidays and gather with friends and family to celebrate the season, I encourage all able Virginians to lend their time, financial support, food or compassionate good-will to shelters, food banks, religious or other charitable organizations.”