Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The Season of Giving
One thing I love about the Christmas season is that compassion comes to the forefront. People are generous and helpful at this time of year. That warms my heart.
I must admit, I get discouraged, too. I don't know what is in me, but I feel so strongly that people should help each other (not just at Christmas, but always); I usually jump at the chance when I learn about opportunities to give and help. I get discouraged when others don't respond in the same way.
At work, for example, for the last several years I have been the coordinator in charge of the community giving campaign. To me it seems like a no-brainer: give a few dollars from each paycheck. It won't even be missed! And it is so helpful, and a good idea to have a large group of people pitch in a little so it will equal a lot. Out of about 70+ people, only 3 people donated this year. I find that very discouraging. I have seen them drop dollars for a drink and snacks after work without any hesitation. Why not a couple dollars per paycheck to help the neighborhood?
Maybe I'm too much of a Pollyanna. I know some people give a lot and are already stretched thin. But I believe that most people can give more and not even feel a pinch of hurt.
People ARE generous at this time of year, and I love that. I want to be less discouraged and judgmental when they are not as generous as I think is possible. But also, I would like people to think more about giving and helping more. We are so rich and blessed in this country, and so many others need our help. Why don't more people feel the tug to respond?