Generosity at Thanksgiving Season

I love when people are generous because there are so many good things that stem from those actions. Sometimes it’s money that’s needed; in fact, we need money to keep things going. But more importantly, it’s the generosity of time, thoughtful actions, and helping hands that make me remember the good in this world. It seems like every day, I hear of shootings in the neighborhood or violence towards each other and businesses alike. Yet, when I hear of a community banding together to help those families and businesses in need, it reminds me that the holiday season is fast approaching, and the generosity of humanity has yet to drain all of us dry.

Yesterday I was off work and had the opportunity to see stories about how people were helping a family of a young boy that was shot in his bed while sleeping. I detest violence unless used in self-defense. But, I saw how a community was forming prayer vigils, bringing food to the family, helping to take care of little things that the family couldn’t do, and learning about the smallest gestures that mean the most.

Several churches in the area take part in Angel Trees. These trees hold the names of many boys and girls whose families cannot afford gifts at Christmas. The community pitches in and tries to ensure each of those children receives something they want or need. Very rarely have I seen the trees empty by the end of the season. Yet, many people try their best to ensure that the children don’t feel as if they are misbehaving. There will always be people who make life a living hell for others, but in those moments are people who will do what they can to make this world better, even if it’s only for a short spell.

I saw an older woman who was walking down the street in Raleigh, NC. She had no coat on; her toboggan looked almost worn out. As my mom and I approached her, another car got right beside her. A man gave her a coat to wear. Please understand, the wind was biting, and she was freezing. Had he not gotten to her first, I would have given her a sweatshirt in the back of the car. I am not a person who enjoys seeing people freeze. She greatly appreciated his generosity to her, and the onlookers like mom and me felt better about leaving her behind. We heard her tell the gentleman that she was on her way to the store, he offered a ride, but she refused because she was already at the shopping center. We saw the gentleman slip a little money into her pocket when she didn’t notice. I don’t know if she found it or not, but the kindness he showed was infectious.

Then when I got home, there was a news story about a local church that fed over 10000 people with Thanksgiving meals. It was a heartwarming segment about the generous nature of those in the community. The deacon of the congregation talked about how they had every member of the congregation bring one item to put in the meals every month. Can you imagine the generosity and love that went into those meals? So many people benefit from those acts of unconditional love and kindness. Many Thanksgiving meals can are going to have a bounty instead of little to nothing.

As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches, I am grateful for the generosity I see and encourage everyone to show a little more generosity and kindness with each other. If you know others have no one to share Thanksgiving with; perhaps you could extend an invitation. If you aren’t doing anything for Thanksgiving, maybe try doing something to help others. No matter what we all think, we all are grateful for the generous nature that others extend—being helpful starts with treating each other with kindness. I’m thankful to my friends, family, and all of you for allowing me the opportunity to vent, share thoughts, and share in your stories. Tomorrow I will give additional Thanks for the little things. I hope you can all have a wonderful day and prepare for time with loved ones over this holiday season. Have a great day, everyone.

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