by Mayor Tammy

This Tuesday is Election Day and I encourage everyone to head out to the polls (8am-8pm) and let your voice be heard. This election has the ability to transform our community, so do your research and cast your vote! You can find the information you need, and your polling place at www.idahovotes.gov.

As much of the country has been focused on this election for nearly a year, I think it is important that we not lose sight of the season ahead – my favorite time of year – the season of giving! We have so much to be thankful for here in Meridian, but there are always those in our community who need a helping hand during this time of year.  Luckily, there are many ways you can give back this season in our community.

The City of Meridian, like many others in the area, just wrapped up our United Way campaign. The United Way has been an organization I have supported as they fight for the health, education and financial stability of every man, woman and child in the Treasure Valley! Careful research helps the United Way Vision Council determine what organizations will receive funding and the resources needed.  It’s an organization where you can truly see your dollars in action – and why funds were distributed in certain ways. I was overwhelmed to see so many employees get involved, whether by donating money or time, or just attending presentations to learn more – it all counts!

While the United Way focuses on the big picture, this time of year there are several organizations who are doing what they can to brighten the holidays for all residents in our community.  This Saturday the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the annual Holiday Classic Volleyball Tournament to kick off the season for one organization focused on the holidays. The tournament raises funds to buy Christmas gifts for low-income pre-school kids who take part in Meridian’s Head Start Program. It’s a great cause and annual event for our city!

From ‘Toys for Tots’ to stuffing the bus campaigns, angel trees, bell ringers, coat drives, food drives, and more -  the next several weeks are a critical time heading into the holiday.  I’m sure now more than ever the Meridian Food Bank, the Salvation Army, the Marines Corps and so many more would welcome donations in the form of money, toys, food and time to help make this time special for everyone.

Speaking of giving time – I would encourage all residents to join us on Friday, November 11 as we honor those who have served our country at the Veteran’s Day Ceremony. This annual event is held at the Rock of Honor in Kleiner Park and begins at 11am. Part of giving back is showing our military men and women that we support them! I am proud to be part of this year’s ceremony and look forward to personally thanking many of our local veterans.

Whether it’s time given to family or friends in need, or donations to a local organization – I appreciate the focus of this time of year. ‘Tis the season for giving!

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