Seen by many as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the holidays are often associated with the giving spirit — a season for sharing love, time, energy, and gifts with friends, family, co-workers, and other loved ones.
And while it’s certainly easy to get caught up in all of the gifts and gatherings, it’s especially important to remember that not everyone has the means or ability to give. In fact, for millions of struggling Americans, the holidays can bring just as much (if not more) stress and anxiety.
That’s why it’s so important to find the time, energy, and resources to give back — not just to the people in our lives, but to those in our communities who are less fortunate.
Amid the ongoing pandemic in 2021, one thing that remained steady was the desire Sokolove Law employees’ had to give back to the communities where they live, work, and serve.
Here are just a few of the ways that Sokolove Law gave back this year.
Coats for Kids and Families Coat Drive
As the season changed and the weather grew colder, Sokolove Law held a coat drive as part of the Coats for Kids and Families initiative led by Anton’s Cleaners.
Coats for Kids and Families aims to help families facing unexpected challenges and find themselves in need of warm winter coats. All coats collected were cleaned by Anton’s Cleaners and distributed throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Project Just Because — Adopt a Family
This year, Sokolove Law partnered with Project Just Because to participate in an adopt-a-family program to provide holiday gifts and presents for families in need. Based out of Hopkinton, MA, Project Just Because services families in need from all across the state of Massachusetts.
Give What You “Can” Food Drive
In a tough year for so many, Sokolove Law employees came together to donate packaged and canned food to local food banks in the Boston area.
This year, food banks across the United States are feeding more individuals and families due to struggles related to the pandemic. In total, food banks distributed more than 6.5 billion meals to Americans in 2021 — that’s a 55% rise compared to recent, non-pandemic years.
Miles for Meso Race
Each year for the past 13 years running, the annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 3K Fun Run/Walk has taken place, supporting nonprofit organizations that drive awareness of the dangers of asbestos, advocate for an asbestos ban, and create community for the people who have been impacted by asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
In 2021, Sokolove Law was honored to be a Diamond Sponsor of the race, helping to raise $38,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a nonprofit dedicated to securing a global ban of asbestos and providing support to victims of asbestos-related diseases.
The Importance of Giving Back
The past two years of the pandemic have been difficult for so many individuals and families, which is why it’s all the more important for anyone who is able to donate their time, money, or resources to find ways to give back — not just during the holiday season, but all year round.