A giving heart

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING — Reach out to local charities and non-profits that depend so much on the community’s generosity.

In the spirit of “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” — Happy Christmas week wishes to you and your family.  

In my last few columns, I suggested gifting “out of the box” this with consumable Christmastime gifts that support WNC’s incredible food, beverage and hospitality industry. 

Also, I encouraged generosity by giving to the many community organizations that depend on community support year ‘round — and especially as the year closes. 

It’s better to give than to receive, and that is especially true when your gifts are: (1) from the heart; (2) benefitting local charitable organizations that pass those gifts along to so many in need; and (3) spreading the giving throughout the community.

That is why, with Christmas Day behind us, let’s give a ‘shout out’ to some of the many local charitable organizations that are, quite literally, doing the Lord’s work — and making a huge difference in WNC, year in and year out. 

If you can find it in your heart and within your budget, consider making an end-of-year donation to local charities, such as: The Open Door Ministries, The Community Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Mountain Projects, Haywood Pathways, REACH, The Arc of Haywood, Haywood Christian Ministry, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, F.U.R., Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter, STAR Ranch and Women of Waynesville.

Finally, because it’s Christmas week, I can’t resist waxing a bit poetic. Here are some lyrics to one of my favorites (both song and beer).

‘Ale be Home for Christmas’

(with thanks to Clark Williams and Frog Level Brewing Company, whose winter warmer inspires me)

‘Ale be home for Christmas,’

You can count on me

With mistletoe and beer to flow

With higher ABV.

By the fire you’ll find us,

Dinking Mocha Stout

With Ninjabread Man and Cold Mountain

And munching Sunburst trout.

When it’s time for presents,

Six packs will abound

And bottled wine from vintner’s fine

Will bring to toasts all ‘round.

Finally, time for dessert,

French Broad Chocolates, please

And, ‘My oh my,’ some pecan pie

Make mine a giant piece.

Time for some reflections,

On reasons for this day

From trees adorned to Jesus born

For world peace we pray.

A fervent hope for New Years,

A healing of a divides

No daily fight of left and right

The meaning of Yuletide.

Merry Christmas week, and have a very Happy New Year.

Paul Viau is an award-winning creative director, with a 30-year career in advertising and marketing. Originally from Denver, Colorado, he met his wife, Carol, when they worked for rival advertising agencies in Miami, Florida. They became permanent residents of Haywood County in 2008 and reside in Waynesville. 

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