We are fast approaching that time of year when the spirit of giving is at its peak.
We give to the Veterans as they stand inside our malls and grocery stores ringing their bells and taking donations. We participate in toy drives to make sure that all kids in our community have the chance to open a gift at Christmas. We give to food banks because we want everyone to have a Christmas dinner with all the fixings.
Some people say that this time of year is ridiculous. It’s way over the top how people give at Christmas, and what about the rest of the year?
I completely disagree. This is a magical time of year. All of the giving that so many people do effects the entire year ahead. The Salvation Army will use their collections to provide community services, the little boy or girl who receives a new toy for Christmas will feel so grateful and excited, the family who has enough food to feed the family might be the family who helps their neighbour the following year.
Giving is contagious. When you give it feels good in your heart and soul and it makes those who receive want to give as well.
Do you celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus? You will recall that the night he was born there was no room at the Inn and he was born in a stable and placed in a manger. Then three wise men followed a star that led them to the baby and presented him with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Maybe you celebrate Santa Claus. Did you know that the story of St. Nicholas can be traced back to 280 AD? He was very wealthy. He inherited his wealth after his parents died. He traveled throughout Europe and helped the poor and the sick with his inheritance. One of his most famous stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father, providing them with a dowry so they could be married. St Nicholas became a legend, known for his protection of children.
These stories, passed down through the ages remind us how important it is to give. There are so many ways to give which will help people who might feel isolated at this time of year. You could volunteer at a homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen. You could invite a person who is alone at Christmas to join in your family celebrations. Spending time at a nursing home and visiting people who may never even receive a visit is also a wonderful way to give back.
Giving might kick off around the Holiday Season but it continues to grow all year long.
Next Friday we are giving back with our Three Little Wishes Launch Party! Please join us as we gather to raise money and celebrate our 8th year giving back to families suffering from the financial burdens of cancer.