The current economic status in the country has made it hard on families for months now. Day by day what were once flourishing middle class families are being dropped into poverty and having to budget their money accordingly.
But what about Family? Happiness? Thankfulness? These are words that have been warped over the years. For instance when we hear the word Family we think of our annoying little brothers and sister, or our aunt sue who smells like a dozen cats. When we hear Happiness we think of our HDtvs, Xboxes, and other material things, because they make us happy right? When our ears catch the word Thankfulness, do we really think of things we are thankful for? Or do we chalk it up to our cell phones, video games, and designer clothing?
Now imagine you did not have any of those things, what are you left with? Your home? Food? Clean clothes?
Imagine you did not have those either, and ask yourself, does it now really matter if you did not get that new Nintendo Wii, or TV? Does it matter if someone left you a new myspace or face book comment? And most of all, does it matter that your brother and sister annoyed you earlier that day?
Believe it or not, but there are millions of people without food, shelter, or clothes this holiday. But instead of shoving it off and saying "Oh well" this holiday, help them out, just remember what it would be like if you were in their position. Wouldn't you want someone to come along and help you? Someone to buy you a new shirt, some pants, and a hot meal.
There are ways to help the unfortunate this holiday, even in this economic crisis. Donate some money to charity, that way maybe someone can have what we take for granted, if only for a few days.
This is not to say do not buy things for yourself, even expensive things. It IS your money after all. However consider for a moment the less fortunate families and children.
Having said this however, I feel very bad this year, as I am not able to donate barely anything to charity this year. The only thing I can offer is another voice out there through this post. My family too has fallen upon hard times and is barely keeping the current bills paid.
Here are some links to charities I would usually donate to every year, in hopes that you will be inspired to do the same:
Since 2003, over 100,000 gamers worldwide have banded together through Child's Play, a community based charity grown and nurtured from the game culture and industry. Over two million dollars in donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in children's' hospitals across North America and the world have been collected since their inception.
Each year, the America's Second Harvest Network provides food assistance to more than 25 million low-income hungry people in the United States, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors.
Feel free to post some links to charities you donate to in the comments section of this post, I will put them up here.