This time of year brings many different traditional activities. Parties, food, friends, family, singing, etc. Gifts are often times included in these traditions as well. I enjoy receiving gifts just as much as the next person, but I can’t help but think of those that are suffering. I often wonder why we continue to trade gifts with one another when many of us have our basic needs met and in fact, probably have an abundance of ‘things.’ Certainly there are those out there that have greater need than us and could make very good use of our gifts. I feel a desire to give more during this time of year, but am often pulled back into the ‘trading of gifts’ cycle.
Each year, my family participates in Operation Christmas Child. We also donate new toys to organizations that gift them to children. Perhaps your church or local organizations are also seeking donations for the holiday season to gift those in need. Some employers hold food/gift drives which can be handy since it’s on site. Consider giving (even just spare change) the next time you pass a bell-ringer in front of a store. Did you know that “It only takes one shift to raise enough money to provide two nights of shelter and four warm meals for the men, women and children who enter our doors every day?” –SA
It really does take a village to raise a child. As an advocate for children, I feel it’s our responsibility to do what we can. Donating your time and/or money is extremely valuable. It also says something about your character and values. Never underestimate the power of giving! I’ve included a few resources below.
Second Harvest Heartland
Toys for Tots
Feed My Starving Children