I know I have boasted a lot in my blog about my community’s generosity (well, the community itself and beyond). We’re much like any other community out there, and it just happens to be what I’ve always known. Maybe it’s the holidays, or the generosity, but it does the heart good to see the generosity and good of others.
I went to prepare the food baskets for the Christmas delivery that would take place on December 23. I had the very easy task. This basket delivery included:
- A ham
- Fresh Produce
- Canned Vegetables
- A dessert item
- Canned Fruit
From around December 1’ish the Village Office put the word out that the giving tree was available at the office. Go down, select a ‘mitten’ or two or more ~ and purchase a little something that would be put together to help a family out through the holidays. Keep your mittens with the gifts so the gifts can go to the right families. Maggie organized, bagged, labeled and color coded every single delivery to make sure every family received the right items.
December 23 rolled around and the army of volunteers showed up at the Food Pantry to make the Christmas deliveries. For the first time since my kids realized the truth about Santa ~ did I have that tingling feeling that parents have on Christmas morning when they see their kids eyes … except I had my kid’s look in my own eyes. I remember walking into the Food Pantry and thinking “Wow!” There were garbage-size bags upon bags ~ an organized Santa delivery, all set to help make some holidays a little brighter. Everyone knows what they do on their own … but when you see it all together, it just takes you back a little.
Next year, if you haven’t already, find out what is available in your community, and make an effort to give. There are so many little things that you can do, that can make a difference for those in need. Think about:
- Have old coats, scarves and mittens that are slightly to gently used, but you don’t use them anymore? Coordinate a Coat Drive, or find out if there is one in your area. Donate your coat/s to a homeless shelter.
- Do you quilt or crochet? Make blankets and spread the warmth ~ literally and figuratively. Donate blankets to the Ronald McDonald House or the Cancer wards/centers in your area. Think of the comfort that blankets can bring to those who are going through their darkest days.
- Organize a drive to show appreciation for those serving in our military. Contact local units, the Red Cross and find out what is needed and get involved. Whether it is sending things overseas, or something to the military hospitals our men and women return to.
- Volunteer at a Senior Center or Nursing Home ~ sometimes, just seeing someone’s face can brighten another’s day.
- And of course, there is donating your time and/or financially to food pantries or soup kitchens.