It's easy to get caught up in the shiny parts of Christmas - decorations, food, presents under the tree. While I firmly believe in reaching out to others THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, it is in this season opportunities abound. As I shared last February in this reality check, others are hurting and hungry in ways most of us will never grasp.
This week's edition of 5 Fun Things Friday will hopefully inspire you to reach out to someone who hurting this season. This is especially important if you are hurting yourself! As I mentioned in my February post:
Sometimes we can be so blinded by our own situation, we fail to see anyone else - or any other problems besides our own. Sometimes the antidote to our own pain, is reaching out to someone else in the midst of theirs.
Here's a list of ideas to help you get started:
1. Compassion International.
You simply must read THIS STORY to hear about the life and death of one sponsored child. This organization (and those of you who sponsor children) are amazing. To learn more about becoming a sponsor yourself, click HERE.
2. Union Gospel Mission. Reaching out to the poor, homeless, and addicted in our community. Click HERE for information on clothing donations and financial gifts. Click HERE for information on how to best help a homeless person you might encounter personally this season.
3. Dakota Woodlands. Helping homeless women and children here in the south metro. Click HERE for a list of current holiday needs.
4. People Serving People. Helping homeless families in our community. You'll find a number of serving opportunities HERE. A wish list of donation items to drop off HERE. Or you can make a tax-deductible cash donation HERE.
5. Salvation Army.
December 9th is the LAST DAY to adopt an angel through their partnership with JCPenney; you can order gifts online and send them to someone in need. Click HERE for details. You can also add a virtual kettle to your blog or website by clicking HERE.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25 (NIV)