Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Why Some Need More Giving Than Others

Tomorrow many throughout this great land of ours will be heading over to the homes of family and friends for Thanksgiving. Many will sit in a warm, cozy room with a hot turkey in front of them and will give thanks for what they have in their lives.

Sadly, many won’t be in a nice home with lots of food and loved ones. For many homeless Americans, the lucky ones anyways, they will enjoy a meal at a soup kitchen or a half-way house.

For others, Thanksgiving will be like any other day, trying to find whatever scraps of food that can be found in the garbage and fruitlessly search for a dry cardboard box that will dismally protect them from the cold.

This is a great time of year to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. No matter how bad our lives are, or how bad they seem, it could always be much worse. We could be homeless, without family or friends to go to.

Many generous souls help the homeless all year round but during the Holiday Season, more volunteers offer their services. And helping them can be easy and simple. Maybe not everyone can donate their time to helping out at a soup kitchen but donating canned goods or clothes can make all the difference in the world. Or even donating some money to a worthwhile charity can go a long way.

And if you’re not sure where to start, just go to your local church or house of worship and they will point you in the right direction.

It’s the human thing to do to help others, especially during the holidays and throughout the year. All homeless people need help, even the ones that bark their madness to the sky and the ones who are doing drugs in the street corner.

Sure, these homeless aren’t what we think of and certainly not the ones paraded by your local nightly news or even 20/20 when they do their annual homeless story. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve our help and kindness.

So while you are enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, think about those who can’t enjoy a hot meal. And remember that it’s not too late to help them, especially since the Holiday Season has just started.