At this time of year we are approached by social service agencies, and by individuals, asking for assistance over the holidays. Their needs are not great, and their requests are not grandiose. Often, they are seeking help with a special meal, or with the cost of presents for children in their care. An individual might receive from us $100, a household up to $500. These come from the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, which is supported by individual donations from the members of our congregation. It may not change someone’s circumstance, but it does give them a Christmas … and perhaps hope.