When I was a child, one of our family’s traditions was to adopt another family that may be struggling financially at Christmas. We would shop for food so this anonymous family could have a Christmas dinner and we were able to pick out some clothing and toys so that the children would have gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Looking back at all the Christmas’s past, it may sound crazy, but I have much more vivid memories of what toys we picked out for these families than almost any toy or game I received as a gift on Christmas morning. I think many of us truly find more joy in giving than receiving, but at this time of year…and especially this year, when so many are struggling to make ends meet, I think it’s worth a reminder. If you and your family have more than you need, or if you have just enough to share, consider donating to someone who just might need a little extra help this year.
There are numerous organizations that can assist in getting your donation of money or toys or clothing, to the appropriate agencies for distribution. Check with your local Department of Children & Families, Salvation Army, United Way, or a local church or synagogue. In the words of Sir Winston Churchill; “We make a living by what we get; We make a life by what we give.”