Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. A time for families to get together, eat great food, unwrap gifts, and reflect on the past year. The Christmas holiday is no longer just one day, it has turned into a solid month of celebrations. This is by far one of the most anticipated holidays of the year.
Although you would like to think this statement is universal for all, not everyone feels this way. For some, Christmas is an upsetting time. Some parents fear the concept of watching their child wake up on Christmas morning with no gifts under the tree. Dread the idea of knowing they do not have enough money to make a Christmas dinner, let alone a dinner on a normal night of the week. These are the fears many families have to deal with during the holiday season.
This Christmas, my family decided to give back to the people who need it most. All five of us (along with many others) took the initiative to volunteer with the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows, and Cass Community Social Services in Detroit.
With the St. Clair Shores Goodfellows, we helped put together food baskets to distribute to the less fortunate on Christmas Eve. After forming the baskets, we were able to deliver the baskets door to door to the individuals who requested service. Seeing how appreciative the people were of the food was such a humbling experience.
On the Saturday after the new year, we also went to Cass Community Social Services to feed the homeless. We actually had the privilege of preparing and serving the food to the individuals at the shelter. Partaking in service like this reminds me of how fortunate I am to have the things I have in my own life.
I am sure at some point in all of our lives someone has told us that giving is better than receiving. After helping out those in need, I see where that saying comes from. I have left these experiences feeling humbled and grateful for the many blessings in my own life. It is important to pray everyday for the things you do have in your life, because at any moment it could all be taken away.