My closet is full, my pantry is full, I am warm. I have a job, my husband loves me and he loves our children and he also has a job.
Last night I was at a store where you get everything for a dollar. A group of teen age boys was in line ahead of me. They were from the children’s home. For some reason or another they had to be removed from their own homes. One boy had three items and two dollars. The next lady in line gave him the extra dollar. One dollar stood between him and some cookies, a little happiness.
I sometimes let food expire.
Last night just before bed my freshman daughter came with tear filled eyes and a note she had hand written to give to a boy at school. He’s moved from foster home to foster home and now lives in a boys’ home. Behavior issues have made it so that he can no longer stay there and will be moving out of state to live with the friend of his mother. His mother is in prison, his father in a half way house in another sate. She asked if she had done enough to show this broken boy love. She’s given him a Bible, friendship and from what I understand a ton of patience.
There are presents wrapped for my daughters under our Christmas tree.
It’s hard for a kid to understand why they have so much, and others have so little.
This holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas or Chanukah or any other holiday, consider those with less.
I don’t mean those with a smaller TV, or who drive a minivan instead of an SUV. I mean those who truly have less.
Consider those who don’t have a hot meal, a bed, a home, a job. Consider those who don’t have the arms of a loving mother to fall into, those whose lives have been shaken by abuse, suicide and mental illness.
Let this holiday season be the beginning of something new in our own hearts. Something that won’t just be a December tradition, but something we’ll do all year long.
I know of a few great organizations, but even more exist in your local area. Churches have food pantries and free clothing. Local shelters need volunteers. You have options.
Dress for Success provides business attire for women to wear to job interviews as well as when beginning work. There are locations all over the country and this is a wonderful place to donate product to. Your product for a few limited edition releases back is still good stuff and can actually help someone feel confident at a job interview. You always knew eyeshadow could be life changing.
This website has a get involved section where you can financially contribute and learn more about their services.
Take just a minute to google “women’s shelters in my area.” You’ll find a list of places that help women and children find safety and comfort right in your local area.
With all the talk of sexual harassment all the oppression that for so many years women have turned the other cheek on, it’s time we all DO something.