'Tis the Season of GivingFriday, December 07, 2012
The holiday season is upon us, and it really has me thinking a lot.
I've been spending the last month or so feeling kind of sorry for myself because I'm selfish and I was sad that we're not really going to be able to do anything for Christmas this year (no tree, no gifts, etc.); it just didn't feel like Christmas.
That all changed when I went to the store the other day.
Archie was out of food, so I went to the store to get some more. While I was parking, I noticed that there were some people outside ringing bells for the Salvation Army. It reminded me that Christmas isn't about a tree, or exchanging gifts -- it's about honoring Christ by following his example and doing things for others (which is something we should be doing year-round, anyway).
I decided I would put any change I had when I came out in the bucket.
I came out with seven cents.
Now, seven cents might not sound like much. You might think seven cents isn't worth it. But I did some math, and realized that if every person in my area put seven cents in, they would raise $6,850.76 for charity. That's a lot of money.
So even though times are rough for a lot of people, and this blog is here to help you save money, please consider using some of the money you save to help others. There are SO many ways to help others, particularly during the holiday season. Food banks always need donations, and there are several organizations that donate gifts to underprivileged children. Check out your local high school -- service clubs almost always have some kind of event going on that they need help with.
No gift (whether time or money) is too small. Anything you can do to help will make a positive impact on someone's life!