Something happened to me a few weeks ago that really turned on the lightbulb to make a difference this holiday season. Let me share a story with you…I was listening to the radio and was touched and empowered to take action. This lady on the radio won a contest and received the new DJ Hero game (similar to Guitar Hero). When the radio personality asked her what she was going to do with it, she said she was going to give it to her kids and they were going to be so excited because she recently told them that they wouldn’t be able to have Christmas this year. That statement really hit me, because I can’t image being told that as a child. It made me think further about the hundreds of families in metro-Detroit who will be having a similar holiday season. I know that most of you are out-of-state and may not see/hear what’s going on here, but things are very bad for people these days.
I’m so blessed and fortunate for what I have, that I thought I’d really like to make a difference this year (I typically “sponsor” 2 families each Christmas). Then I was thinking that that’s not enough; I know so many people who would be willing to support those in the city they came from, however most of the people I know live out-of-state. SO, as of this morning I’ve decided to put together a community service project for the holiday season…you can take part whether you come home for the holidays or not.
I was thinking that it will be 3-fold:
-One will be for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking that those who are here could donate an hour or two to possibly do meals on wheels or serve the hungry at a shelter. The crazy thing was that 2 organizations I contacted said they were fully staffed with volunteers for the rest of the holiday season.
-Then for Christmas, I was thinking about working with a local non-profit (tbd) to sponsor families, and possibly having a pizza party to present them with their gifts.
I contacted my friends and most of them have jumped on board. So, wherever you are, I encourage you to do something similar in your community.
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