‘Tis the sea­son to give

Record Observer - - OPINION -

Christ­mas may have passed, but the sea­son of giv­ing still re­mains. Your char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion is a chance to make a dif­fer­ence as well as a good way to re­duce your tax bur­den. Con­tri­bu­tions are de­ductible in the year made. To make a do­na­tion count for 2018, gifts must be made by Dec. 31 to a cer­ti­fied non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Here are a few of our fa­vorites: The United Way of Queen Anne’s County, P.O. Box 399, Ch­ester, MD 21619

The United Way is all about neigh­bors help­ing neigh­bors. The or­ga­ni­za­tion al­lo­cates funds to 20 worth­while mem­ber agen­cies that ser ve com­mu­nity needs in Queen Anne’s County from chil­dren to se­niors cov­er­ing ar­eas from health and hu­man ser­vices to the arts and the en­vi­ron­ment.

A do­na­tion to the United Way of Queen Anne’s County gets you a big bang for your buck. A sin­gle do­na­tion will help fund the Bethel Sum­mer En­rich­ment Pro­gram, Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of the Greater Ch­e­sa­peake, Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Del­marva Coun­cil, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter. Ch­ester wye, Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, Easter Seals Camp Fair­lee, Echo Hill Out­door School, For All Sea­sons Inc., Haven Min­istries, Hori­zons of Kent and Queen Anne’s, Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, Kent Is­land Fed­er­a­tion of Arts, Mcar­dle School for Early Autism, Mid-shore Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, Mid-shore Coun­cil on Fam­ily Vi­o­lence, Part­ner­ing for Youth After School Pro­gram, Re­build­ing To­gether, Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing and United Needs and Abil­i­ties Inc.

Your lo­cal fire de­part­ment is an­other great place to give. Did you know that all the fire com­pa­nies in Queen Anne’s County are vol­un­teers?

Your friends and neigh­bors are putting them­selves on the line to pro­tect your life and prop­erty. We have nine fire de­part­ments in the county, and any of them would wel­come your do­na­tion. Some, like Gra­sonville and Church Hill, are in the midst of cap­i­tal cam­paigns to ex­pand or re­build their sta­tions. Oth­ers are seek­ing funds to up­grade equip­ment. All can use do­na­tions toward reg­u­lar up­keep of the sta­tion and equip­ment to fight fires.

Here are the ad­dresses for a few of the clos­est to the Record Ob­server of­fice:

Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 212 Broad­way, Cen­tre­ville, MD 21617

Queen­stown Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment, P.O. Box 118, Queen­stown, MD 21658

Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 316 Main St., Church Hill, MD 21623

Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 203 N. Church St., Sudlersville, MD 21668

Queen Anne-hills­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, 13512 1st St, Queen Anne, MD 21657

Then, of course, there’s our very own Brighter Christ­mas Fund, help­ing fam­i­lies on the Mid-shore. In 2017, the Brighter Christ­mas Fund raised more than $120,000, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Midshore read­ers. Those do­na­tions helped more than 800 fam­i­lies and 1,900 chil­dren have a brighter hol­i­day.

The Brighter Christ­mas Fund, c/o The Star Demo­crat, P.O. Box 600, Eas­ton, MD 21601 (Do­na­tions also may be made on­line at www.brighter­christ­mas­fund.org; click the “Do­nate” but­ton.)

In the in­ter­est of full dis­clo­sure, you should know the edi­tor served mul­ti­ple terms on the Board of Di­rec­tors for the United Way of Queen Anne’s County and was a mem­ber of the Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, rais­ing funds for the cap­i­tal cam­paign, so she has first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence as to the good works done by these agen­cies.

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