//By CYNDIE COX
Holidays are a time for families and friends to celebrate their connections. Yet many in our community don’t have that opportunity, whether because of infirmity, finances or other factors. So why not start your own tradition of giving back?
Help Make Dreams Come True
If you’re fortunate enough to help others financially, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Valencia College Foundation (valencia.org), which provides academic scholarships to Valencia College students who may not otherwise be able to afford an education.
Take on a Worthy Cause
Your time and talent can also better the lives of others. Give back to your community by volunteering with nonprofit organizations such as Toys for Tots, the Pet Alliance, Coalition for the Homeless, Second Harvest Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and others.
Buy a Little Extra
While you’re shopping this season, add some canned goods and toiletries to your grocery cart and donate them to local food pantries, including Pooky’s Pantry on your Valencia College campus.