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    Share the Joy

    We’re all making our lists, checking them twice, and ensuring that everyone we love is receiving a thoughtful, carefully selected gift from us this holiday season. It’s the time of year that has an abundance of opportunities to show our appreciation to the people that are most important to us. But what about the local nonprofits that work tirelessly throughout the year to make our community a better place for everyone to call home? We’ve added them to our list this year and we hope that you find one that inspires some gifting and giving from your family, too.

     

    These nonprofits have all faced an uncertain, challenging reality this year with the onset and continued effects of the pandemic. They remain unwavering in their dedication to continue to serve those that need them the most in spite of having fewer volunteer hours and smaller budgets to work with. Now it’s our turn to show our support of their work—make it a new tradition with your family this year to “adopt” a nonprofit for the holiday season (or even the year)! Find one whose mission speaks to you and make a plan of how you can support them. You can make a monetary donation, volunteer your time, purchase tickets to their annual fundraisers and galas, and more. There are dozens of ways to give back to our nonprofits, and in turn, the community that we all love. Share the joy this holiday season!

     

    Aiken Audubon Society

    Mission: to promote the enjoyment, study, and conservation of birds of the Pikes Peak region.

    aikenaudubon.com

     

    Aiken Center for the Arts

    Mission: to inspire and educate by providing unique visual and performing art experiences for all ages.

    aikencenterforthearts.org

     

    Aiken Community Theatre

    Mission: to entertain, educate, and enrich our community by providing a quality theatre experience.

    aikencommunitytheatre.org

     

    Aiken Horse Park Foundation

    Mission: to promote Aiken’s equestrian way of life and to encourage the community’s civic, educational, and charitable endeavors

    aikenhorsepark.org

     

    Camp Gravatt

    Mission: to be a sanctuary for the ministry of faith formation, hospitality, leadership development, and environmental stewardship.

    campgravatt.org

     

    Children’s Place, Inc

    Mission: to protect, heal, and strengthen children and families from the impact of trauma in their lives through education, treatment, and prevention services.

    childrensplaceinc.org

     

    Equine Rescue Aiken

    Mission: to rescue unwanted horses who have suffered from abuse and neglect; work with various racetracks to ‘repurpose’ Off-the-Track-Thoroughbreds; and take horses whose owners can no longer care for them.

    aikenequinerescue.org

     

    Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS)

    Mission: to support the Aiken County Animal Shelter by promoting animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, and the elimination of euthanasia of all adoptable animals. fotasaiken.org Golden Harvest Food Bank Mission: to provide quality food and groceries to hungry individuals across their 30 county service area.

    goldenharvest.org