With this economy’s challenges, the holiday season will be a time of disappointment and sadness for children in shelters, resident centers and other housing arrangements. Sometimes in our joy of the holiday season, we forget how children can suffer during the holiday season. This year, if you do not do this action, why not consider a gift for a child less fortunate? Whether that child is part of a secular or religious cause, the choice is yours who to give to.
Although many people may balk at the idea of giving money to an organization, so many organizations have lists of things children wish for Christmas. Sometimes the gift is so basic such as a new coat or shoes, a dress or a pair of jeans. Other times something more whimsical like a doll or a small truck or car. Sure some children wish for IPods or other expensive gifts, but most children wish for something, anything for Christmas.
Think back to your favorite Christmas and the happiness you felt when you opened your Christmas gifts. Or if your childhood was economically disadvantaged and Christmas was such a disappointment, think back to that disappointment and ask yourself if you would ever wish that feeling on another child. For a child, Christmas disappointment and joy have a profound impact and become a cherished or heartrending memory of childhood.
Children, especially young children, do not understand economics, poverty, money or the challenges of life. They are surrounded by the images of Christmas, the happy holiday, gifts and Santa. That magical day appears and many children find no joy in that day. Parents who struggle to feed and house their children cannot consider spending money on what they feel are luxuries for Christmas.
Imagine now a child, far from the only home they have known, away from mothers, fathers and siblings. Perhaps they were the victim of abuse, neglect, or some tragedy. Christmas can be a lonely time, and a small gift will tell them that they are not forgotten, that someone cares, perhaps someone they may never meet, but who brought some joy into their lives at Christmas.
Why not be that Christmas angel, that silent Santa, that Secret Christmas elf, but most important, why not give? This one act of selfless giving will bring you some of the greatest joy in the holiday season. Locally you can find many organizations trying hard to fill the Christmas wishes of children. A small bit of research may not only motivate you to give, but to encourage those around you to give to a child in need of hope, joy and the spirit of Christmas.