'Tis the season for giving, and all that good stuff, yes?
There are the pre-planned ways to give, and the spontaneous ones that take us by surprise too. In our house, we donate to charity (or people) when we can, and when it feels like we're supposed to (even if we can't really afford to at the time), and it always feels right. One of the pre-planned ways we donate is to give new coats to the children in the homeless shelters, or domestic violence shelters. We pick up coats all year long that we find on sale (right when winter ends you can find brand new coats for as low as $5 in some places!), and then just before Christmas we take them to the directors of the shelters, for them to disburse as needed.
|My littlest got involved last year & this is him taking a coat and a toy in while the rest of us gathered our coats to donate too.|
My vow was not to complain about the cold this year, and I'm doing so-so on that, with subtle complaints rather than out-and-outs, but in reality, I cannot stand to be cold, and the thought of a child being cold makes my heart ache. So I do my part, small as it is, and take the extra effort to be on the lookout for coats throughout the year, and it makes me feel very happy to know somewhere a child is warm this winter because we bothered to bother.
There are many, many ways to donate (time, effort, money, items) any time of the year, but Christmas is an extra special time of the year when we should be reaching out and giving. For God so loved the world... and we should too.
If you haven't considered volunteering in some small (or large if so inclined) way this season, there is still time, and I hope you will take the time out to do so. No one even needs to know but you. It will do your heart good (and someone else's too!) to go that extra mile.
I hope you will take a moment to reflect on how blessed your life is, and if you're sitting in a warm house, browsing sites on the Internet, you are blessed; offer hope to others who may not be so lucky, and reach a hand out to help. If you do, your heart will surely thank you.