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#173: Some Reasons Why This Season is Special

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Greg (BIGDAD1211) recently expressed gratitude for the surprise donation of 30 meals to a shelter he serves.

One local neighborhood center collected 5,700 toys for underprivileged children.

A local Fraternal Order of Police used donations by the community and Target stores to take 700 children of poor families on Shop with a Cop last Sunday.

A church had thousands of toys for Christmas distribution stolen only to be quickly replaced by people in the community that nearly doubled the stolen amount.

One family lost their home and belongings to a fire two nights ago and before the Red Cross got them settled in a new place donations of toys, clothes, household and personal grooming items flooded local Red Cross offices.

These are acts repeated across the world as the feeling of gratitude flows from people to those less fortunate. When I read of these selfless acts or see reports on the local news, I get tears in my eyes over the inherent goodness in people that will surface when they are truly needed.

What may be more impressive, is that these acts occur throughout the year. They simply seem to be magnified at Christmas time.

Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, homeless shelters, United Way, and numerous other charitable organizations go about their purposes mostly quietly and need our help on a constant basis not only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

But that's okay. Christmas is special for many reasons, not the least of which is that it is a time for people to give hope to another, to let them know that others care about them and maybe, just maybe, to draw them from their pit of despair for a few minutes or a few hours or a few days.

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a timeless admonishment. Especially now in the season of the One who gave the world His greatest gift -- not toys or clothes or a hot meal -- but His son.

Bless all of you this season and throughout the year as you extend a hand to those around you and as you do unto others.
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  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Helen
    4086 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful blog.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Helen
    4086 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    Thanks Lou. Your blogs always hit home.
    4088 days ago
  • NBLNBL
    Lou,

    Thanks so much for the gentle reminder that this season is about giving to others. It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the frenetic pace at this time of year.

    N
    4088 days ago
  • PATSDIARY
    You are so right, and the giving blesses both the giver and the receiver!


    4089 days ago
  • MARYSUPPORTS
    Giving to others is an amazing way to feel fullfilled and help others at the same time.
    4089 days ago
  • ETAGGEL
    I agree wholeheartedly with you!


    Phyllis
    4089 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    Lou, I think I will be astounded, in total awe for the rest of my days by the outpouring of compassion and goods and hard work and tireless effort of countless numbers of people who have given of themselves and their resources for the four years since Katrina and still continue to do so. No doubt those very same people are giving and giving even now to others in need, because that's who they are and what they do. The only way I know to repay efforts like that and like those of my friends who cared for me so exquisitely after I cut my toe off is to do for those in need who cross my path today, to let the ripple of goodness grow bigger and bigger and bigger. Thank you for addressing this wonderful facet of humanity that is evidenced in every generation.
    4089 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I thank the Lord EVERY day for giving freely of Himself for The World and that the World might see His Unselfish love!

    Thank You

    M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S
    H A P P Y N E W Y E A R

    4089 days ago
  • ANDRAXIA
    Very touching. Thanks for bringing this to our attention, because at this time of year there are also those few events that are just heartless. It helps to be able to look at the ones that are heartfelt as well. God Bless and Merry Christmas.
    4089 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    So True!
    4089 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Lou, your blog was beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. emoticon
    4089 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Thanks, Lou, and Bless you back...I am late getting around to catching up but couldn't wait to catch up on your blogs...my favorites! Hugs, and Merry Christmas!
    4089 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    Thank you and may God bless you too.
    4089 days ago
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