GINTA – In times of trouble, helping goes a long way, in more than one way
NO MATTER WHERE YOU TURN, you get reminded that it’s almost Christmas. Of course, that’s great and exciting for many. And then, even in a normal year, Christmas is a trying time for so many others. This year especially though, it’s tougher to face the holidays knowing how many are struggling with it.
This year our family has donated more than ever to various causes because the times we live in are just that way. If you are among those who can help, please do. Kindness is never to be measured in the amount you give but in the fact that you cared.
Much like I always say, keeping it local is vital. It applies to charity and kindness, too.
If you head to the grocery store, tuck some change in your pocket before you leave home so you can add to the Salvation Army collection kettles powered by volunteers. I am reminded that we live in an amazing and giving community whenever I hear the bells ringing and I know that these selfless people stand by the kettle hoping to fill it day after day until Christmas. If giving is not an option, share a smile and a greeting. They are free and heart-warming.
Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at email@example.com, or through her blog at http://www.thinkofclouds.com.
I do really celebrate Christmas, as I have not been a Christian, or a “member” of any religious group, for a long time, and as my nieces and nephews grew up I really didn’t to feel compelled to give them gifts. Instead I make donation to worthwhile organizations during the year, like the United Way. And I am going started giving a 20 dollar bill to a homeless person every day. I did that again today and as usual it was received with gratitude. It’s a small thing but if it brings a bit of happiness to that person then why not?
Thanks Daniela, you may also donate $5 per tap of a credit card at some of the Salvation Army kettles.