When we think of a holiday and what it means to us personally, some of us start to panic with thoughts of “What am I going to do about it?” “Am I going to buy a gift for someone, give money towards a gift, or ignore it all together?”
I personally think it depends on your finances and how you were raised. I enjoy giving gifts to others because I have such fond memories of receiving presents from family and friends in my youth. If you are a person with financial means, a gift is certainly an option. It also depends on the amount of time you have to work on it.
“Do I have time to go out shopping for a gift or can I do something online?” Once again, this is an option. If you don’t have time to purchase a gift, then dropping money in a card will also suffice. Perhaps making something to give to a person like baked goods or a homemade craft item could work too. On the other hand, you can just ignore it all together.
I am aware of many people who panic over the Christmas season. We second-guess ourselves. Thoughts like, “Will he or she like this gift, is it too much, too little, will they want to take it back?” On and on it goes. Ever wonder about impoverished children and what goes through their minds at Christmas?
How about this, “I wonder if I’ll get a present this year?” “I hope Mom will get me something.” “Maybe Granny will send us something in the mail.” “Look at all those toys on the commercials; it would be so fun to get something like that.” “A lot of kids at school will show off their new clothes they received at Christmas. I won’t get anything.”
I hope you never experience life like an impoverished child. At Rock House Kids, we see and hear these sentiments around the holidays. However, we are able to change their outlook on life with Christmas presents, a special Christmas meal and an evening filled with wonder! All with the help of financial donations and physical items sent in.
If you have ever wanted to give a gift or a donation to a nonprofit organization, I encourage you to do so at Christmastime. So many people are without this holiday season. Why not consider honoring your friends and family by sending a gift to a nonprofit organization in their name?
That is certain to bring happiness into someone else’s life. You will be so glad you did and that gift will live on. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Barbara Seaworth is outreach coordinator of Rock House Kids.