Holiday greetings, friends,
Every year, the cycle rolls back around: pain-need-need-filler. The cycle feels vicious. Is it the same folks who endure the worst of this, year after year, who reluctantly await our benevolence as they try and try and try to navigate a system set up to keep them exactly where they are? Local nonprofits serve needs that represent the physical manifestation of the ultimate trickle-down. As much as we’d like to shrug and blame some vague “other,” some monolithic impenetrable that must first fall before we move through, we know in our hearts: The other is us. We each hold the key to so much of the hurt in this world. We each have the power to issue dignity and kindness. We each have what it takes. Many thanks to our local nonprofits for their Herculean, Teresian, Wieselian, Gandhian, Madib-ian, Aung San Suu Kyi-ian efforts in what often feels like a Sisyphean prank.
Each year, The Austin Chronicle invites local nonprofits to submit lists of the things they need to serve our community. Please research the details on what specific items are needed (some are legal mandates, so do call ahead to make sure your gift is appropriate). Hint: Nonprofits always need computers/accessories, copies/printing, cash, and your love (i.e., volunteer hours). Let’s fulfill some wishes, Austin. – Kate X Messer
Compiled by Kate X Messer, Neha Aziz, Nina Hernandez, and Sarah Marloff.