Now that Thanksgiving has passed, the onslaught of holiday marketing and holiday decorations will adorn nearly every corner. Yet, one other important holiday occurence is the outreach of many local, and some national, charitable organizations who serve those in our communities. If it was not for those charitable organizations, then many of those in our communities would not be cared for, attended to, fed, or even given a warm place to rest on cold nights. This morning, I received a request from Lakeview Pantry, a local organization that cares for those who have less and do not know where their next meal is.
Yes, for so many, it is hard to pass up the 'excitement' of Black Friday or Cyber Monday or even holiday shopping deals, but at the end of the day, you cannot take any of those items with you. When our time comes, then our time will be referenced in a past existence and all that will really have mattered was what difference did you make in the lives of others, because that is where our existence truly lives on.
So, given that so many charitable organizations receive more than the majority of their funding during the holidays, I encourage each person to give to another just like there was an additional family member in the house. Whether a soup kitchen, a food pantry, a shelter, a youth organization, a veteran's organization, a program for challenged youths or adults, whatever and however it is that you find fit to share the holiday cheer, just be sure to share it.
Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy