With just over two weeks to go before Christmas, trees are beginning to be populated with festively wrapped gifts of every size and shape, as we count down.
That same anticipation around the holiday hits many people differently, though, as they struggle to make ends meet and create a memorable Christmas for their families.
There’s still time and ample opportunity to make someone else’s Christmas special and memorable, and isn’t it all about giving anyway?
The Blue Santa programs in both Cedar Park and Leander are still accepting new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations to help the hundreds of needy families signed up for the programs.
Legacy at Crystal Falls, 1841 Crystal Falls Pkwy., also has a giving tree that gives people the opportunity to select a senior citizen in need and to shop for them. Items usually include coats, socks and essentials many of us take for granted, but mean the world to those less fortunate.
Hill Country Community Ministries is always in need of non-perishable food items, new shoes for kids and clothes donations in good condition, and this time of year the need hits people especially hard.
The notion that those in need have somehow failed to work hard enough or manage their lives right is most often a convenient excuse to not worry about the less fortunate. Most of those who benefit from these programs and services do work and do their best to stretch thin resources due either to the high cost of living or a family misfortune such as medical bills, job loss, divorce or simply not enough income to make ends meet.
In this season of giving, we must remind ourselves that our job is to love and support one another, not judge and watch others suffer. Find a way to give back, and if your family doesn’t need help along the way, count that as the greatest blessing that confirms how great it is to be able to give back.