In the midst of all the (local!) shopping and merrymaking, make some time for our neighbors in need this month. There are all sorts of ways to get involved; here are our favorite ideas for spreading some cheer.
Suit up (maybe in long johns?!) for the Polar Plunge at Breakwater Beach on December 7 at 12:30 pm. For a $20 donation to the Brewster Holiday Hope Fund, which provides coats, clothing, gifts and toys to Brewster families in need, you can earn bragging rights for this daring dip. Wear a costume for a shot at a special prize.
For a drier but equally festive alternative, don’t miss the annual Jolly Jaunt on December 8 in Hyannis to benefit the Special Olympics. Dress in holiday themed gear – they’ll provide the jingle bells to tie to your running shoes – and prepare to have a great time for a worthy cause. There’s even a pre-race Junior Jaunt for 3-10 year olds! Pre-register for the Jolly Jaunt by December 6.
Helping Cape Codders get through the winter months is one of the most significant ways you can make a difference locally. Since 1936, the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping needy Cape and Islands families with urgent financial assistance. Consider a donation to help local families and individuals pay for food, rent, mortgage payments, utility and heating bills, medical costs and other basic expenses.
Celebrate warmth with three nights of music, merriment and mirth at the annual Yule for Fuel benefit shows at W.H.A.T. in Wellfleet. These amazing displays of our talented community take place on the next three Saturdays: December 7, 14 and 21. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and raise money for the Lower Cape Outreach Council’s Fuel Assistance Program. Check out the schedule for full details.
Rock out at the 10th Annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless on December 15 at 7 pm. Hosted by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and featuring some of the Cape’s greatest musicians – the Ticks, Bruce Maclean, Christine Rathbun, Steve Shook, Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys, and the Greenheads, just to name a few – this legendary party benefits the Housing Assistance Corporation and the NOAH Shelter. Bring the $25 suggested donation and your dancing shoes down to The Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans.
Each year, the Spectacle of the Trees puts a little extra fun in the Cape’s fundraising efforts. Local non-profits assemble Christmas trees adorned with amazing items such as sports tickets, gift cards, artwork and even vacations. By donating “tree bucks” to each tree/organization, you raise money for the non-profit and increase your chances at winning all the awards on that tree. You can either visit the Spectacle of Trees at the JFK Museum in Hyannis, or online; attend a VIP party and wreath auction on December 5.