Thanks“giving” At It’s Best

One of the most common quotes regarding being generous is, “It’s better to give, than to receive.” We’ve all heard it before and, most likely, we’ve all said it.

With Thanksgiving upon us this month and the holiday season around the corner, it seems this is when everyone buys into that a bit more. Do we believe it, though?

When I became the new publisher of Paradise Valley Lifestyle, my husband, Mike, and I looked at this as an opportunity to give voices to those that needed to be heard. Those organizations that we all support. Those “causes” that we are passionate about, whether it be because of a personal connection or because our companies/businesses have an interest in them. For us, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) immediately spoke to us because we have a son on the spectrum. Their autism services and programs are highly regarded and forward thinking. And did you know PBS Newshour recently dubbed Phoenix “the most autism-friendly city in the world”? HopeKids is also important to us. They provide ongoing support to families with life-threatening illnesses, while restoring hope and transforming lives.

So this issue is dedicated to those that are philanthropic within our communities and to our wonderful partners that have learned how rewarding it is to give, be it time, talent or financial.

If you haven’t found a fit for you, please consider some of these organizations that our partners so graciously shared they support. Info can be found on their websites: Smile Train, Wildlife SOS, Desert Mission Children’s Dental Clinic, Desert Botanical Gardens, United Food Bank, Ryan House, Boys and Girl Club, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, Maggie’s Place, Teen Lifeline, Salvation Army Christmas Angels, Special Olympics, ABHOW Foundation, and Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development.

As you turn the pages of this issue, please know that these wonderful organizations are just a grain of sand in this vast desert of opportunities to help others. May they inspire you to get involved in, or continue giving to, a place that fills your heart. It’s my honor and privilege to work with such amazing partners, the residents and readers that enjoy this magazine and the organizations that we support. It’s quite evident we do believe it’s better to give!

With heartfelt gratitude,