Because we are busy Americans who take our time to squeeze in work during spare moments in between work, we often forget that there are others in the community, sometimes people we personally know, that could benefit from our time away from ourselves.
During the months of November and December there will be familiar faces in our neighborhoods, pulling in extra work hours, saving pennies, trying to find ways to make the holidays special for their families.
In the 1980s, I grew up in a singlewide trailer, the second to last house, on the last street in town. From our front yard we could see miles and miles of desert and hills. Life seemed simple, and even though times were tough, we didn’t know it.
At the store, sometimes I saw my mother pull out colorful bills. It was when food stamps where actually food stamps, and she had four kids to feed. Even then, I didn’t know we were hungry.
One Christmas, mom and dad did what they could to make us have a memorable Christmas. There was no such thing as disposable income. Summer vacations were few and far between. That Christmas, their friends and co-workers provided the gifts. It was a great Christmas night and we didn’t know that our gifts were a hardship to two important people in our lives.
Many of you know how important it is to give a gift to someone in need. Beneath the wrapping paper and bows, your generosity to a loved one or stranger has a bigger impact than the small price you pay to share during this time of year.
There are several organizations that could use your time and generosity during this season of giving. The local Salvation Army will be ringing those familiar bells at Wal-Mart. Your donation of dollars or even just pennies really adds up with more than $17,000 being raised in our community during 2015.
Area churches are participating in Operation Christmas Child, sending packages of care items including toothbrushes and books to children in impoverished areas around the world.
Toys For Tots is organized by our local Marine Corps Reserve and thousands of gifts are donated by you each holiday season for underrepresented children.
You are already making a difference and during the next two months there will be children across our community that will be waiting for you to open your heart and lend out a helping hand.
Grant County is a caring and giving community because of people like you. Thank you.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on November 2, 2016.