This time of year is really hard on a lot of people. Then I see a lot of people online who post about how they spent so much money on themselves. I am hoping that they are also considering helping others, too. There are a lot of people who need some help. I don’t care who you are or what your political beliefs are, I’d like for you to think for a moment about a kid on Christmas morning getting nothing. It’s not their fault that their parents are poor. It’s not their fault that the parents are possibly irresponsible. All they’re going to be thinking of on Christmas morning is how they didn’t get shit and it really hurts. If they do happen to have internet access, they’re going to see all of their friends posting about what all great presents they got. When they go back to school, everyone is going to say, “I got this or that for Christmas! What did you get?!” How are they going to feel when they have to lie? It’s going to hurt like you can’t even imagine.
I’m asking people who can afford to help others to do so. My Mama and Daddy had to have help for me at Christmas when I was a kid and I know it was hard. They weren’t lazy; we were just poor and struggling hard. If you have the financial means to help someone have a decent Christmas, please do so. You can find names on Angel Trees, through churches, through schools, through the Salvation Army, through local charitable organizations. If you don’t have time to shop, hell, tell me what age group and I’ll pick out everything online and send you a list and all you have to do is go to the website and pay for it! It’ll be sent to your home.
Encourage your workplace to get involved! Mine is sponsoring a whole family as well as another child through a local charitable organization. And don’t forget the older children! They’re often forgotten. They still want and need attention, too.
This is something that is heavy on my heart. I hope you’ll care about it as much as me.
- Yellowknife Salvation Army not getting enough donations (cbc.ca)
- Showing Our Appreciation on Giving Tuesday (hismrshermr.com)
- Holidays worsen financial crisis for Charlotte’s needy families (charlotteobserver.com)
- My genuine, noncommercial, Dickensian moment (hamptonroads.com)
- Toy drive is dear to women’s motorcycle club (charlotteobserver.com)
- Salvation Army the victim of $2-million toy theft (metronews.ca)
- Toys for Tots campaign kicks off (krdo.com)
- Area agencies look to make Christmas brighter for needy children, senior citizens (caller.com)
- Empty Stocking Fund drive to help needy families starts today (savannahnow.com)