One such organization that could use our support with money, time or both is the Salvation Army. They’ve been around for years, have a reputation for being as good as a charity organization can get and traditionally use over ninety-seven percent of their donations for the cause for which it is intended. That’s a pretty phenomenal track record and they pride themselves on always going beyond what is expected of them, using kindness and grace in all that they do. The Salvation Army is by no means the only viable organization to support, but it is one of the best. And if we prefer, we can even independently provide help locally wherever it is needed.
How about volunteering at a local church that operates a soup kitchen? Maybe we could visit sick children in the hospital and offer to read to them or tell Christmas stories if that is our forte. Or maybe we could lead a group of adult or young carolers calling on hospitals or nursing homes. We can call such organizations and they often welcome such groups. What about calling on someone we know that is in the neighborhood but is alone? Perhaps we could invite them to a holiday family dinner and show them that the neighbors care. Or perhaps we could run a needed errand for them if they are having difficulty getting around. It really doesn’t matter what it is as long as we are giving of ourselves freely and with no string attach. The little kindnesses add up and at Christmastime, those who are lonely, infirm or fearful of what the future might hold can use a little comfort at a time when the world seems to pass them by. So, whatever it is, just do it and watch your spirit soar. The warmth we can bring to those who need will also warm us immensely and we’ll be so glad we did it.
Christmas should be something that’s joyous for everyone and with a little effort, we can each play a part in making that reality. So, what little kindness can you come up with for someone else? The answer, if enacted, just might change your Christmas for the better as well. Whatever you choose to do, have a very Merry Christmas.