Season of giving needs support this year |

Season of giving needs support this year

This has been such a devastating year in terms of natural disasters that it is hard to believe the Indonesian Tsunami, and the global outpouring of aid that followed, took place less than a year ago. The ongoing war in Iraq, and then Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, eventually managed to edge Asia’s tragedy off the front burner, at least in this country. Nevertheless, beginning with the Tsunami relief efforts, Park City residents have rallied again and again to collect food, clothing and money.

Now, several local organizations that provide for needy families and individuals in the area are issuing their annual holiday pleas for assistance — and they are crossing their fingers that longtime donors are not feeling tapped out.

While their causes may seem less dramatic, they are no less urgent. Their missions are to help the needy and, even in this prosperous resort town, they have plenty to do.

Among those organizations worthy of your support this holiday season are Peace House and the People’s Health Clinic.

Though Peace House’s main purpose is to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, during the holidays the staff broadens their efforts to include providing holiday gifts for families living at or below the poverty level in Summit and Wasatch counties. Dubbed Holiday Helpers, the program aims to provide for as many as 90 families. But to make that dream a reality, they need help.

Peace House identifies the families in need and helps them assemble their wish lists and volunteers are asked to fill the orders. It is a rewarding effort and, in learning about the families, they are helping, donors can rest assured their contributions are having a direct and personal impact To become a "Holiday Helper" call the Peace House at 647-9161 or log on to

The People’s Health Clinic also has a year round mission to provide health care for the uninsured in our community. This year, the clinic is seeing more patients than ever and is hoping to be remembered as residents make their end-of-year charitable contributions. With its growing seasonal labor needs, Park City has both altruistic and selfish reasons to support its often-uninsured workforce and, in the past, the community has come out in force to sustain the clinic. Due to the nation’s health care crisis, the People’s Health Clinic finds itself serving all segments of the community including families who have lost their insurance and visitors who don’t know where else to turn for medical help.

Contributions to the People’s Health Clinic go toward supporting weekly adult and pediatric clinics, buying medicines and paying for lab tests. Checks can be sent to P.O. Box 982342, Park City, Utah 84098 or through the Web site,

This season there will be no shortage of worthy charitable campaigns but we would urge our readers to make sure at least a portion of their contributions go to one of these or a comparable local organization.

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