As we approach the holidays, many people start to buy gifts for family and friends. We go out at the crack of dawn to hit up all of the sales for Black Friday; Thanksgiving and Christmas deals galore. This year, as most years, I always feel heavy hearted for the families that can’t spend their savings for their children because they just used their last dollar to buy tonight’s meal. My heart hurts for the man/woman who fell on hard times and has lost everything; the veteran that came home from Iraq/Afghanistan/Desert Storm/Vietnam and lost everything because they were diagnosed with PTSD or worse, maybe lost body parts. Some of these people have no hope for a better tomorrow; some of these people don’t have the luxury or right mind to know that all things are temporary… whether they end in better circumstances or whether they end in death… it will end. A lot of these people only want something minimal, like a warm blanket to sleep outside or ONE decent meal that day.
We have “first world” problems here in the US; and I just wish more people would take time out to help their fellow man. If you see a man on the street that is asking for money, give him a lil something! Does it need to be enough to help him survive for the rest of his life? NO… And if he goes to buy liquor, SO WHAT?! It’s cheap and it keeps you warm, while you sleep outside at night in November! If you don’t know the struggles of a person, you shouldn’t judge. We’ve all found ourselves in low places in life before, and just hope that the people around us will understand and support us. We don’t have to be blood related to empathize with another human being… just look inside your heart and ask yourself… “If I (a close family member or friend) were in this situation, would I appreciate the help?” It’s not hard to be nice, and it’s not hard to be generous… you just do it from the heart. Anyone who works hard for their money is nothing but one bad day away from being homeless out on the street… that’s all it takes!
Truthfully, this shouldn’t be a one time a year thing… should be something you do when you feel compelled to help or when you see someone/anyone in need that you’re willing to help.
Remember to Keep it GC,
Counselor Dave introducing Miss Kim(Guess Writer)