The holidays can bring out one of two emotions - delight or depression. If you have a loving home and people to share the holidays with, it can be a wonderful adventure full of hot chocolate, gifts, and family/friend time. If you are alone, the holidays can reinforce the fact that you have no one. I personally would like to challenge everyone this year to take some time this holiday season to make sure the needs of the folks in your area are taken care of.
Here are some examples of how you can positively impact the lives of those around you this holiday season:
1) Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
2) Offer your gift-wrapping services to friends and family.
3) Buy some of those $1 meal tickets from McDonald's or Frisch's and carry them with you. Pass them out to the homeless.
4) Donate hats, scarves, and gloves to local shelters.
5) Visit local nursing home residents.
6) Send your local law enforcement officers a handwritten thank you letter.
7) Seek out a family in need and adopt them for the holidays.
8) Open your kitchen to folks who are down and out this Thanksgiving.
9) Buy a coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks.
I could go on and on. This time of year can make or break a person's soul. Instead of spending hours in traffic to get the one toy your child wants, spend some time seeking out the less fortunate and brightening their day. Bring your kids - they will learn the true meaning of Christmas.
If you are in the NKY/Cincinnati area and you are looking to get involved - please email me. I would love to make you a part of 30 Days of Service. Many more posts to come on this wonderful mission.