Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Giving of Christmas

Hello everyone! Christmas is right around the corner and I would like to remind you of some things that you can do this year to help the less fortunate. You can give your time, money, and extra items to the people that need it the most. Here are some ideas of things that you can do to help your community:
  • One thing you can do to help the less fortunate is donate to the Salvation Army. There are stands outside of grocery stores were you can donate money. Just listen for someone ringing a bell by a donation stand. Every penny counts and it makes a HUGE difference! Just imagine what would happen if everyone donated a dollar or penny! A lot of money would be raised, and many families would benefit!

  • Another generous thing you can do is donate food to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Just pick up some canned food and drop it off at the designated locations listed on the Second Harvest website. My school had a Second Harvest peanut butter drive a while ago. The school that got the most donations won a trophy. Last year, my school won the contest, but this year the results haven't been announced.

  • If you can't donate financially, then donate your time by telling others about the true meaning of Christmas. A lot of people are so busy with buying, wrapping, and visiting relatives that they forget what Christmas is all about. Christmas is not about rushing to mark everything off your to-do-list; it's really about how God loved us so much that he sent his only son to save us from our sins. We should always remember that, even when we're busy. Remind someone what the true meaning of Christmas is, and maybe that will inspire them to slow down and enjoy the celebration of Jesus's birth.

I hope that this post has reminded you that Christmas is not about rushing and spending. God's love and Jesus's birth is definitely something to celebrate! I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!