Christmas Charities Need Your Help
Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2007
Tis the season to be jolly, yes, but ’tis also the season to be giving. Christmas gives us an excellent opportunity to show that we really indeed are interested in giving to those less fortunate.
Right here in South Bend there are very serious needs that can be met with just a little effort on our part.
Women’s shelters are always in need of clothing and bath towels. There are distribution points here on campus that you can use to help others.
Anyone who really understands what the Christmas season is all about, understands that it is about giving, not receiving.
Take the Hope Rescue Mission for example. Multiple times students have donated a Saturday afternoon and braved the cold to collect food for the mission. These students, from this campus, had a wonderful time knocking on doors and asking for food. One might be surprised how generous the people of this town can be if someone just takes the initiative to ask them. For these students, there is no greater joy than seeing the expression on the faces of the people at the Hope Rescue Mission when they know that there are people out there who care about them.
When we arrived with a van full of food, many times the words “thank you” and “God bless you” are returned. I truly hope this does not come across the wrong way, but my Christmas wish is that everyone can give just a little of their time to help others. The joy that comes over one is a magnificent reward in itself.
Many people ask, which is better: time or money? The answer is both. All the money in the world, cannot be put to use if there are not volunteers to staff the projects. Conversely, all the volunteers in the world cannot distribute food, clothing, and medicine if the funds are not there.
Even the U.S. Armed Forces are getting into the action. Toys for Tots is a wonderful charity all about the children. How many times as a child did you open up presents that you did not like? Even the gift that was hated the most is more than what some children get. When you are out shopping this Christmas season, stop by the dollar store and pick up a toy for a child in need. Contrasted to the hundreds spent on friends and family, that dollar for a stranger means so much.
There is also the Salvation Army. Remember those bell ringers at the entrances of the malls who too many usually try to avoid making eye contact with? Give them a few coins even if only to make yourself feel good. Imagine how tough it must be for them standing for eight hours ringing a bell in the face of apathy. Be a blessing to them; it only costs fifty cents.
If you don’t have the funds to financially support one of the many local charities, a jolly Christmas attitude can make a difference. Opening doors for ladies, smiling at people when making eye contact and simply saying hello. Simple gestures can lift the spirits of someone else who may be able to then go on and do something wonderful for someone else.
No matter what your social, ethnic, economic, or political background, helping others is something we all can do.