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The importance of giving during this holiday season
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Dear Editor,

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

On Monday, I visited America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia here in Savannah, and I was extremely impressed with what I saw — folks giving their time and their money to help those who are going hungry.

As Georgians struggle in a faltering economy, organizations like America’s Second Harvest need our help more than ever. An average of 2,000 coastal Georgia children per day are served the only evening meal they’re likely to have through the Harvest’s Kids Café program. Low-income seniors throughout coastal Georgia receive essential groceries through the Brown Bag for the Elderly program.

Food by the truckload is brought into the warehouse facilities at Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Much of the food coming in is purchased using donations sent in by people like you and me. So far this year, Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia has supplied over 5.4 million pounds of food to hungry people in the 21-county service area here in coastal Georgia.

For folks who want to make their charitable contributions go the farthest, consider this: Every dollar that goes to Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia results in some $7.50 in food to the needy. That’s a pretty good rate of return on your charitable investment.

This holiday season, as you are spending time with your family and friends, let’s remember those who are in need. These are our neighbors. These are our friends at church. These are folks who live in town, who live in the country, the elderly, the young, the employed and the unemployed. These are people who need our help this holiday season just to feed their family.

Those who are going hungry need our help, and the best way we can do that is to help America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

For more information about Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and how you can help, please visit, or call (912) 236-6750.

John Barrow
Member of Congress