This Christmas, Give a Gift to Someone You Don’t Know

On Christmas, even more than other days, we are thankful that we have so much when others have so little. Give a gift so someone you don’t know. Support a foodbank or other charity.

It is sad to think that on Christmas Eve that there are people out there without presents to give to their loved ones.  No way to tell someone how special they are other than with a hug and a kiss or a pat on the shoulder.  Just as sad to realize many do not even have enough food to enjoy Christmas dinner with their family.

Thankfully, there are charities that provide gifts for children when their parents cannot.  It is re-affirming when you see the relief a parent feels when they realize they can give their child a gift, thanks to your kindness. It is one less burden then have to face during a tough time of year.

There are also places that serve Christmas dinner and foodbanks that pass along groceries to the needy.  Tens of millions are taking advantage of their services this year, many for the first time.  But the problem goes beyond Christmas and Thanksgiving.  More than 27 million households in the U.S. “sometimes or often” do not have enough food to feed the family. 

Times like this remind us of two things: How lucky we are that we not only have enough food to feed ourselves today but have supplies put aside for months or even years, and how slippery the slope is.  The line between most of us who have enough and those of us who do not is getting thinner and thinner.

If you can afford to do so, join my wife and I in giving to support your local foodbank.  They will always accept food, but they can do even more good with cash.

If you cannot afford to do so, keep reading.

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