Fill Yourself with the Spirit of Giving When People Really Need Help
By: Parrish L. Stahl
Now that most of our holiday decorations are packed away in attics,
basements, crawl spaces or in the back of that already overloaded, used to
be, walk- in- closet; most of us settle back into our daily routines. The charitable feelings so prevalent during the last part of the year give way to
the stress of leftover holiday bills and the almost inevitable shortage of resources most households experience after the celebrations are over.
Having extra people over is a joyous part of the holiday season, but having additional bodies around forces stretched budgets to come close to the breaking point. Extra months to feed, gifts and use of additional household supplies are all realities that families face.
Does it not seem strange that efforts to help each other tend to diminish
when we need each other the most? Do you know a person or a family that could use some help? One of the most noble of New Year’s resolutions is to
do what we can when we can to help others.
Organizations that help people can always use supplies and household items; if your family has a windfall pass the items on. If your Mom gets you that deodorant you hate or Aunt Mary provides you with perfectly good
aftershave that you happen to be allergic to, these well-meaning gifts
have the potential to help those in need.
Many churches and non-profits collect items we all use all year long. Ask around and you may be able to have a major positive effect on families that need your help. Let’s face it, giving feels good no matter when it happens.