The Gift of Giving

“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done.  We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.  Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love.  Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect.  Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
~Mother Teresa 

When Christmas comes around every year we get so caught up in worrying about what gift we are going to get for which person and whether or not we will be able to get everything that the kids wrote down on their lists or dropped hints about way back around Halloween.  I admit that I am guilty of being determined to get every single little thing on my daughter’s list (knowing that I can’t possibly in good conscience get everything).  I admit that it is for the sheer joy of seeing her face light up as the gifts go under the tree and on Christmas morning when she thinks I’m a rock star because I actually made the attempt to get everything she wanted.  

Now I have explained to my daughter that Christmas is not in fact about getting gifts (as society has made it out to be) but I think that when she continually sees adds and cartoons and other children so focused on getting gifts that it’s still hard for her to understand what Christmas really means.  They say this is the season of giving but I’m not sure that whoever said that meant gifts of toys and all sorts of material possessions.  There is so much that we have to give to this world and our children then just the latest toys or electronics and video games.  

There are a lot of reasons that I would like to be wealthy but one of the main reasons for me is so that I can be in a position to help people who are struggling and need it the most.  I was watching the news this morning and there was a woman who talked about her foundation that she started to help the families of the wounded and deceased navy seals who died or were injured in the war inIraq.  All I could think of in watching this story was ‘I wish there was something that I could do to help’.  In fact I would love to be able to be someone else’s Christmas Angel for once.  

I got to thinking about all of the many different foundations out there put in place to help others and made a small list which I included below.  I think that everyone should compose a small list of what they would do to help if they could.  Maybe it will inspire someone out there who has forgotten what the true meaning of Christmas is to be reminded once again.  

  1. Make a Wish Foundation
  2. Local Homeless Shelter
  3. Habitat for Humanity
  4. UNICEF
  5. Locks of Love
  6. The People inHaiti
  7. The People in Japan
  8. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  9. The International Child Art Foundation  (ICAF) 

These are just a few of the organizations that I have wanted to help in one way or another for quite some time now.  This gives me even more motivation to see my dreams through, so that I can firmly place myself in a position to be able to help others struggle just a little less so they can see their dreams become a reality and then hopefully they would one day be able to do the same for someone else.  What organizations would you place on your list?  Until tomorrow…Remember that we are all worth more than just the things that we possess.

Jimmetta Carpenter

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