Pay it Forward this Holiday Seaon7:06 AM
Ahh..This Holidays are upon up and many of you may already be getting stressed or excited or a little of both I imagine. Some have a really hard time with Holidays, I know, as my Grandmother passed away on the night before Thanksgiving in 2006 and since then that day has just not been the same. I often wonder if Ma was simply tired and was just waiting for all her kids to be home so she could see everyone one last time. My grandma raised me, so I was like her 10th kids.
Anyway, let's move on to happier memories and the reason for the season, because I have a challenge for all of you. I know many are struggling this time of year, and even though I help 3 families out, it broke my heart reading through all the responses. I wish I could help everyone who truly needed it, but those three families have been chosen and notified and have responded back to me already. As I first stated, I will not release names but if they so choose to post about it on the page , they are more than welcome and we would love to see a picture of your kids smiling faces on Christmas.
Now about that challenge. I talk all year about paying it forward, so this season I would like to see you guys pay it forward. It doesn't have to cost money or even time. There is so much you can do to make someone's day a little brighter. What can you do that takes no time or money? How about a post-it or small note that says smile, you are beautiful this Holiday season. Have an extra $5? How about paying for the person behind you in line at the Starbucks or McDonald's or somewhere? Have some time on your hands but no money? How about going to visit at the Senior Center or the hospital or better yet why not find a senior you know that you could help decorate for the holidays or take them a plate of food or even ivite them to your ome for dinner if you know them.
So many things we could all do to make this season a little better for someone, because like many of you, hundreds and thousands are going through the same thing. Seniors may have a little money socked away but money does not help with loneliness this time of year. How about a child that needs a new pair of warm mitten or a scarf? You can find those for practically nothing and truly warm a child and make a parent's heart feel better to know that a child is warm.
Many reputable organizations out there who help children at the holidays, but I ave never seen one tat will help with an older child who is disabled. They usually cut off at age 18. How about calling your local High School and speaking with the Special education Teacher and asking her how you could help a student that needs help?
So I have set the task to you this season, and hope you will continue it even after the Holidays are over. I want to hear what you are doing this season to Pay It Forward.