While watching the news on the day after Thanksgiving, otherwise known as Black Friday, I happened to notice a very stark contrast between a couple of news items that popped up. The first one went into detail about how much money people in this country were projected to spend this year on Christmas and how it compared to last year. People being interviewed for this report talked about some of the new material things that they were looking to buy such as those new Galaxy phones and so on. A story appeared shortly after of an organization who have been putting on Thanksgiving dinners for the poor and homeless for years. One of the guests of the dinner was interviewed, a middle-aged man who has been homeless for a few years now. It dawned on me right there how sometimes our country has its priorities mixed up, especially around Christmas time. We are so entrenched by all these sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that we often forget about those poor people who are homeless and have to work hard just to find their next meal. Many people in this country as far too consumed at this time of the year thinking about trying to please some loved one or ones with the latest trendiest gifts. Trying to help some poor family during Christmas is probably the last thing on our minds.
In this day and age, many families are struggling to make ends meet and simply do not have the funds necessary to buy Christmas presents for their families. Imagine telling your children that they will not be getting any Christmas presents this year because money is very tight right now. The children go to school and hear their classmates talk about what their parents might buy for them and what they really want for Christmas. A terrible empty feeling must set in for these precious kids.
I challenge anyone reading this post to consider budgeting some of their money to help some low-income family buy Christmas presents during this holiday season. The company that I currently work for always sponsors a family in need during this time of the year. I cannot even begin to tell how great of a feeling it is to know that our contributions helped make a family’s Christmas very enjoyable. We have received numerous letters throughout the year from grateful families who tell us how much it really meant to them and their families.
If you go out shopping during this season, chances are you will probably run into one of those Salvation Army bell ringers at the front entrance. Just putting in a small amount can go a long ways in helping somebody out during Christmas. There are countless other ways to help donate money as well. One just has to look online for ways to donate money or gifts.
I do not work for any organization that picks up Christmas donations. I just see so many opportunities out there to help the needy and poor. Many of us are blessed with more than we really need. Christmas is more than just a holiday about Santa Claus. It a religious holiday where Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. In his many teachings, Jesus talked about how we should help the poor. What a great time to honor his birthday by helping those less fortunate people. They say that it is much better to give than receive; there is no better time to give than during the Christmas season. Knowing that your contribution helped make a family’s Christmas is the greatest feeling in the world.