On this day, we give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. There are so many people in this world who do not have the necessities of everyday life…running water, heat, and food. Electricity isn’t necessary, but it helps. Think about those people when you sit down to Christmas dinner and then sip hot chocolate later in the living room by the fire. Some people would love to do that as well.
Yesterday, I read an article about a boy who was rejected by his parents after coming out. He lived in Florida and somehow ended up in New York. Not that he would get much better surroundings in FL, but at least he wouldn’t be freezing as bad. Anyway, he’s left on the streets “with convicts and people wanting sex.” Say a prayer for him and be thankful if you have parents who accept who you are. Be thankful you were not rejected and shoved out into the cold to fend for yourself.
When I think back on my childhood, Christmas was my most favorite time of the year. People were happy. Genuinely happy. There was a deep love for people and care for their feelings and how they were. In high school, I was a member of Distributive Education Clubs of America, otherwise known as DECA. Our gift at Christmas was clothes and toys to a family in need. It not only helped the family, but it also helped a group of teens learn the importance of bringing joy to those who are in need. It’s a lesson well learned and one that has stuck with me through the years.
Before the season is over, check with your local human services department and see if they could use clothes or food. Some cities/towns have food banks who always need contributions. Most people have clothes hanging in their closet that they never wear. Donate those. Any little thing works. I don’t really believe in donating cash because there’s no promise of money always being used for that certain purpose. Food, clothes, and toys can’t be spent in a wrong manner.
Be kind, and most importantly, human, this Christmas season. Help another whose having a hard time helping themselves.