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Lou Catano: Non-profit directors know that NH is a special, giving place

Let me start by saying just how special New Hampshire is. As the executive director of the Webster House, a children’s home in Manchester, I have seen countless examples of the goodness that makes this state the caring, big-hearted place that it is.

All one has to do is look at how individuals, businesses and officials come forward on a daily basis to help the non-profit institutions that provide the safety net for those in need.

The newspapers are full of pictures of fund-raisers that are well attended and are oftentimes the main fund-raisers for so many of these needed non-profit groups. It speaks volumes about how much compassion is out there even in these most trying of times. Everyone is keenly aware of the negative impact the economy has had on their own personal budgets, yet they still manage to dig in to help those they know are struggling. It is a sacrifice for all who donate, and it is a strong statement that they know the organizations that are on the front lines, the human-service first responders, need their support to meet the ever-increasing demands that they face on a daily basis.

The list of non-profit human service agencies is extensive, as are the needs they meet. Take a moment and give yourself the kudos you deserve for your help in keeping them going with your generous support.

As someone who has witnessed firsthand the awesome, giving spirit of New Hampshire’s citizens, it never ceases to amaze me just how wonderful people are and how they put the extra effort in to helping others who are in need. I know the Webster House would not have its long, 130-year history of helping children if it were not for the many good souls who help us out. I know this is true with so many other helping organizations, and it makes me feel good to know that this is exactly what helps define the caring nature of New Hampshire.

During this season of blessings, think about how many benefit by your actions. Feel good in knowing that you are part of the tradition of caring that is appreciated by all. On behalf of all being served, thank you.

Lou Catano is executive director of Webster House, a home for boys and girls in Manchester.

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