Year End Giving

We are just days away from the end of 2017. December can be such a busy time for most of us. As we celebrate the holidays and share with friends, family, and loved ones sometimes our personal goals and plans take a backseat. As you make your end of year plans we wanted to remind you to keep MUM in mind when considering your year-end giving. Of course your donations to MUM are tax deductible, and if you make your donation before the end of the month you can deduct it on your 2017 taxes.

Your generosity goes to help families who depend on us for food as well as help when they struggle to pay their utility bills, buy much-needed medicine, and even pay the rent. Your contribution helps working people right here in Montgomery County. Our clients are a cross section of our society. They include men and women, families with children, people on their own, and the elderly. They are people working for a better life, for themselves and for their families. They work to keep their children in school, to put food on the table, to maintain their health, to keep the stability of a home and the basic comforts that utilities—gas, electricity, and water provide. What they have in common is the challenge of keeping the basics of their lives together. Thanks to you, we provide a safety net. Stability, keeping families together, assuring that their basic needs are met not only benefits them, it benefits all of us. Their well-being and stability serves the overall well-being and stability of our community.

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We are a diverse community, rich with many cultures, beliefs, and faiths. MUM is open to all who are in need. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, a ritual of your own design or nothing at all, we can all learn from the classic Dicken’s tale, A Christmas Carol. Right here in our own neighborhoods we have our Ebenezer Scrooges, Bob Cratchits, and Tiny Tim’s. The tale of one man’s redemption that leads him to care, charity, compassion, and kindness toward his fellow man is the same story we have today when it comes to helping those with less who work so hard to make ends meet. We are heart warmed and enriched by Scrooges revelation.

MUM’s donors and supporters already possess the generosity and compassion he had to discover for himself before it was too late. And now, in the season of charity, it’s not too late to do what you can. We thank you, and borrow Tiny Tim’s famous line, “God bless us, everyone!”

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About Steven J. Caplan

Steven J. Caplan is a freelance writer in the Washington, DC area.