The holiday season is upon us! One of my favorite events to usher in the holiday spirit is the Tucson Fire Fighters Association’s Thanksgiving food box initiative. Every year, TFFA’s dedication to raising funds, procuring food, and coordinating activities ensures a complete Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of people and families in need across Tucson.

It’s crucial to recognize that many families in our city face challenges, with over 15% of Tucsonans living at or below the poverty level as of 2021. Recently, we participated in TFFA’s event to assemble and distribute 600 Thanksgiving meal boxes to various partners, ensuring these meals reach those who require support during this holiday season.

For Ward 4 residents, my team and I personally delivered 95 Thanksgiving food boxes to our valued partner, ReSources Vail Food Bank. I’m very grateful for their commitment to distribute these boxes among our neighbors in and around Ward 4. If you or someone you know needs assistance this Thanksgiving, or at any time, please reach out to them at ReSources Vail Food Bank.

Looking ahead, our spirit of giving will continue as we gear up for the upcoming Christmas season. We’ll be participating in a similar endeavor, collaborating once more with TFFA to spread joy and support to more families in need.

Additionally, this December, I’m thrilled to take part in the annual ‘Shop with a Cop’ event. It’s an opportunity for us to shop for holiday gifts with deserving children, a heartwarming event funded by the Tucson Police Officer’s Association.

I want to acknowledge that this season may be challenging for some. Loneliness can weigh heavy, especially during the holidays. If you or anyone you know needs support, please know that there are resources available. The Crisis Line at (520) 622-6000 operates around the clock, connecting individuals with professional counselors who can help.

December marks a wonderful time to extend a helping hand to those in need within our community. If you find yourself in a position to contribute or support a neighbor during this season of giving, I encourage you to seek out opportunities to make a difference. Whether it’s volunteering your time, donating to local causes, or simply reaching out to someone who might benefit from a caring gesture, every act of kindness counts. Let’s spread joy and compassion, making this December a brighter month for all.

Warm regards,

Nikki Lee

City of Tucson Ward 4 Councilwoman Nikki Lee

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