Giving to those we love is such a soul-satisfying experience. Spending the time to consider what the perfect gift may be, finding that item or experience, and then getting to watch your loved one open it, is a remarkable feeling.
That’s what the holiday season is all about – giving, spreading love, and savoring wonderful feelings. Another way to do all of that is through giving to those in need. There are so many organizations and people in need of support; it’s not a matter of if we can help, it’s a matter of when, where, and how! For those of you who live in Westchester County, New York, or intend on visiting the area during the holiday season, we have some great ideas for you! Here at Doral Arrowwood Resort, giving back to our community is important, and our entire team has been doing so since the start of the season!
Here are the different ways we’ve been giving back, and some details on how you can join us if you wish to!
Chef Michael and Food Bank For Westchester
Our very own Chef Michael Schmutzer participated in the 19th annual Westchester Food Bank’s “An Evening in Good Taste,” which is an evening of savoring the top 25 chef’s delicious creations to raise money for the food bank. In Westchester County, nearly 58,000 children go hungry and are extremely food insecure. Though this event has already passed, the food bank is doing a virtual food drive, and is always in need of food, time, and money donations!
Bread of Life Food Rescue
The Bread of Life Food Rescue is a local food pantry that provides food for families, church pantries, and government food pantries, and shelters with food. In November the Doral team participated in Jersey Day, where participants donated $15 and wore their team’s favorite Jersey! To help out this non-profit, you can donate goods, time, or money!
Friends of Karen
Recently, four of Doral’s team members donated their time to help pack gifts for the organization Friends of Karen, which is a local organization that supports critically-ill children and their families. There are tons of ways to give to this organization, of course, you can donate your time, money, or even attend events! Learn more here.
New York Cares Coat Drive
Wintertime in New York is no joke; it gets cold! We have been participating in New York Cares Annual Coat Drive to help them reach their goal of 125,000 coats. You can help by donating coats!
The Giving Tree
A little friendly competition never hurt, especially when it comes to which of our departments can collect the most gifts to give! Doral team members are doing an excellent job of collecting gifts to be donated to The Giving Tree. The Giving Tree helps to feed those without food and also spread compassion, kindness, and love. Just visit their website to find out how you can help out!
Hurricane Relief Efforts
So many people were affected by the hurricanes this year, and Doral Arrowwood has been trying to help as much as possible. We had a few fundraisers and events in October raising over $1,000 to donate to the victims of the hurricane.
As you can see, there are endless ways to give back this season. There are numerous organizations in the Westchester area alone that are in need of donations, not to mention all of the national organizations. If you aren’t sure where to begin, just choose one non-profit and donate your time, money, or goods! Giving to those in need spreads the holiday spirit of love and kindness just a bit further.
From our team to your family, happy holidays!