This article was originally published by the Herald-Tribune on August 27. Matthew Sauer is the general manager and executive editor of the Herald-Tribune.
The partnership between the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County helps people beyond the holiday season.
We tend to associate Season of Sharing — a partnership between the Herald-Tribune and other media and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County — with the holiday season.
It’s definitely part of that warm, fuzzy feeling most of us experience at a time when we make sure our family knows how much we love and appreciate them, when we’re kinder to strangers and when we often feel the pull to make someone else’s life better.
But the work of Season of Sharing — to keep people from joining the ranks of the homeless — happens all year round, as does the misery that demands it: families struggling with that unexpected medical bill, or that major car repair, or some other out-of-the-blue threat to someone’s livelihood and savings.
All these things, for some of our neighbors here in Southwest Florida, can be the difference between being able to stay in their home and having to leave.
This week, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County will be sending out a communication highlighting not only the good work being done with the bountiful donations many of you have made through the years, but reminding us all that 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Season of Sharing, a real milestone, akin to the $20 million that has been raised by the effort in the last 19 years.
I won’t spoil the heartwarming stories that the foundation will bring you of Ieshia, of Jason and Amanda, or of Jamie. But I will say they are typical of the amazing work SOS does, all without overhead or fees.
If their stories, or even the August heat, warms your heart, reach out to Season of Sharing for more. You’ll be glad you did.