The season of giving...
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. For the last two months, we've all been beat over the head with Christmas advertising. Today and tomorrow, we'll receive dozens of emails offering last minute deals. Businesses are asking us to give to them, but in reality, we should all consider giving to someone who needs our help. How are you helping people this year?
Lately, I'm feeling pretty burned for trying to give, and I've been doing my research about charities in general. So many charities are raking in the money, and while they are offering assistance to others, they're helping themselves first. A charity that takes 20 percent off the top before helping anyone isn't doing anyone a favor. Of course there are expenses to running a business, but a charity is a business - they're making money before they're sending that money to where it needs to go. More on this in a future blog post.
What I'm trying to say is that it might be a good idea to look at your neighbor. Do they have heat this winter? Is that lady down the street hungry? You could give to a charity. You could give five bucks and know that one dollar is going to someone's salary, two dollars are going to fundraising, and the last two dollars are going to someone in need. Or, you could go buy a gallon of heating oil for your neighbor who is busting his ass at three minimum wage jobs to keep his kids warm.
So, what if you're the guy busting his ass at three jobs? You can still make a difference. Do something nice for a stranger. Hold the door for someone. Stop and thank someone for their friendship. Money isn't the only way of giving.
Do some good this holiday season. Make a difference to someone. You'd be surprised how a little bit of kindness can make someone's day a whole lot better.