Russel A. Daniels/2009 AP FILE PHOToThe Season of Giving campaign organized by the Mayor’s Office recognizes the efforts of volunteers

Season of Giving is time to show support for SF’s nonprofits

It is with pride and excitement that we celebrate this year’s Season of Giving campaign. When I launched the campaign two years ago, I had great hopes and expectations for its impact on our community — expectations only matched by the incredible generosity of heart that exists within San Francisco.

This campaign, celebrated during the holiday season between November and January, is designed to remind us how important it is to give back to our community. Although generosity and volunteerism are important throughout the year, the promise and warmth of the holidays creates a unique opportunity for reflection and service. The tragic typhoon that recently struck the Philippines is yet another reminder of how important it is to support those in need, and it should serve as inspiration for us to support one another both here in our immediate San Francisco community and abroad.

The Season of Giving represents an opportunity for us to recognize local nonprofits and organizations and their tireless work to improve the lives of San Franciscans. During the Season of Giving, which will last until Jan. 20, I encourage businesses and residents to find ways to get involved with their community to show our thanks and connection to one another.

I urge all San Franciscans to consider making a donation or volunteering their time during this Season of Giving. By supporting organizations that provide warm food, beds and other essential services to those in need, we can ensure that the spirit of the holidays is shared by all. Visit our website at sfmayor.org to get more information about how you can give this holiday season.

The Season of Giving is a time for us to show our gratitude by using our gifts for the service of others. As we prepare for the holidays and enter a new year, it’s important to take positive action in our community. Our city is blessed with many things, but the power of the people is truly our greatest asset. During this Season of Giving, dedicate your hearts and spirits to supporting those in our community who need it most.

For more information or to give, go to www.sfmayor.org/sfgives.

On behalf of The City, I would like to thank those who give back to our community generously to help people in dire need, especially during the holidays.

May you and your family and loved ones have a happy holiday!

Ed Lee is the mayor of San Francisco.Ed Leeop-edOpinionSeason of Giving

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