December is an excellent time to serve your family, neighbors and those in need. You don’t ever need an excuse to serve, but this holiday month does provide a great excuse to think a little more about others. As your Mayor, I wanted to encourage you to either give a little of your time, attention or money this month to a person, family, organization or cause that would benefit.
Along those lines, there are a few things Riverton City is doing this month that we need help with:
Holiday Donation Drive: We will be collecting holiday donations at Riverton City Hall for The Christmas Box House until Friday, December 12. Items must be new and unwrapped. Items currently needed include: children’s clothes, children’s sneakers, clothes for teens, duffel backs, hair brushes and more. You can find details at rivertonutah.gov/holiday-donations.
Christmas Wreaths: I am grateful to all who sponsored a wreath for a veteran’s grave at Riverton City Cemetery as part of the Wreaths Across America program. Because of your generosity, every veteran will have a wreath on their grave for Christmas. We need help placing the wreaths at veteran’s graves. Join us on Saturday, December 17 at 10 a.m. for a brief ceremony and then to help place wreaths.
Pet Rescue Donations: We are collecting new and gently used pet toys and supplies at Riverton City Hall to donate before Christmas to the rescue organizations that have been so good to take in unclaimed pets picked by Riverton City’s animal control officers. Ideas include dry food, canned food, toys, treats, blankets, towels, brushes, dog coats, leashes, collars, food bowls and beds. The donation deadline is Wednesday, December 14.
Silver Rush at Riverton High School is a fantastic way to give to a deserving charity organization. Other service or giving ideas that come to mind off hand include giving to a food bank, doing a Secret Santa for a family in need, helping an elderly neighbor shovel their sidewalk, or donating to a Sub for Santa program.
It’s easy to get caught up with all the Christmas preparations and forget the importance of service this time of year. Though it sometimes may not seem like it, there are many in our community who could use your help. Any service you can provide to your family, neighbors and those in need will help make our community a better place.