Giving and Christmas

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For people today, Christmas is supposed to be a time of year when everyone can celebrate family, love, kindness, and peace. Christmas, though, has become more of a commercial holiday where everyone thinks about how much they can receive for the holidays. Christmas now-a-days has become about “what can someone buy me” instead of “what can I give my loved one”. Not everyone is able to afford a million presents for their children, and the fact that spoiled children get so much does not help that situation.

To help these unfortunate families at Christmas, I would donate to a charity, assist children in present buying, and volunteer at a soup kitchen. First and foremost to give back to the needy, I would donate money to a charity. I wouldn’t just donate during the Christmas season, though. To truly help them, I would donate as much as I could throughout the year. However, I would have to know where exactly the money was to be dispersed. If money is given directly to the needy family, I would not want to give my money to that charity.

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I want to offer my money to a charity that will make sure the money goes to something that improves the lives of the deprived as a whole. Examples of what I would consider good use my donation would be building schools and colleges where the children and adolescents can go for free or starting a training program for the adults who find it hard to get or keep a job. If I could, I would gladly give a million dollars towards the welfare of the less fortunate than I. Secondly, I would show kids the joy of giving by taking out children who are members of a poor family to buy presents for their other family members.

This helps kids to realize that Christmas is not all about receiving gifts; it is more about giving gifts and spending time with family. There are organizations that set up a day out with a child from a less fortunate family. In my opinion, getting involved with this type of organization is slightly better than the toys for tots drive. It is better because it helps the kids, as well as the family, learn the true meaning of Christmas. Assisting a child with gift giving is something that will, in the long run, help the family. Finally, I would volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Serving food to those in need is a great way to help them out. Soup kitchens let you see that you really helped with a basic need that people couldn’t provide for themselves. Related activities, like food drives, provide the same benefit of helping people fulfill the basic need of nourishment while, at the same time, nourishing the provider with the feeling contributing to another’s well-being. Providing food is one of the best ways to lend a hand to those most in need. The meaning of Christmas should be restored, and we should start by lending a hand to the people who really need one.

More people should help out in soup kitchens or donate money. People must be educated about all the different activities that can help, not just during the holidays but all throughout the year. By helping less fortunate people, the proper meaning of Christmas will eventually come to be realized. People will learn to appreciate their own family, in addition to, the families they have helped. They will begin to think more about “What can I give my loved one”, rather than “What can someone buy me”. This is, and always should be, what Christmas is all about.

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