'Tis the season for giving...oh, how I love to give.
I enjoy seeing the smiles on the faces of others, knowing that they are cared for. That is why I enjoy giving.
I can't always give as much as I would like and have learned I don't have to buy some tangible item to consider it a gift.
Sometimes, all a person needs to know is that those around them care. If I let a person know I am praying for them, that is often all they need to hear. It gives them comfort, just as it gives me a sense of joy to know I am lifting their name to the heavens, asking God to meet the needs of those I love.
This is indeed a time for giving and all too often we get caught up in giving those we care for something tangible, as if "things" are what people need.
"Things" are nice, but love, shelter, clothing and food are what many lack, as evidenced by the homeless count conducted earlier this year.
I don't feel as if I can give enough when asked to contribute to the efforts of the food bank, but every little bit counts.
Maybe, your wallet is running a little thin, but you can spare a few dollars usually set aside for that morning latte. That few dollars can buy a few cans of food.
Maybe you have a coat you no longer wear or toys your children have outgrown. That coat could keep someone warm and those toys could benefit a local child.
There are various Lower Valley organizations willing to take these contributions.
All we need to do is take the steps necessary to donate to the Sunnyside food banks, the Coats for Kids or the toy drive.
We can show those in our community we care through the little things we do without complete sacrifice. We can help those around us throughout the year, not just during one season.
In the end, we receive much more than we ever give.