Daily Prompt:IMHO/The Daily Post

Elks Plan Community Thanksgiving Dinner At Center Lake Pavilion

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine,...

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Link to an item in the news you’ve been thinking about lately, and write the op-ed you’d like to see published on the topic.

Every year at the holidays groups, volunteers gather together and help the less fortunate. The Elks is no different. They help in so many ways the whole year, but at this time, they are providing a meal for those who have no one to share the holiday with, or maybe the ones attending can not afford to purchase any food this year at Thanksgiving.

It warms my heart to see these organizations reach out to the less fortunate or to the lonely, but why is it usually only at Thanksgiving and Christmas? One reason could be that all through the  year, people scrape by, and at the holiday, this is a family celebrating with family members. We all want no one to go without.

We are so blessed in our country. We have so much that is laid at our feet, waiting for us to pick it up. There are many complaints about what we do not have, but when you sit and think about it in your own personal life, is there much that you need, not want, but need that you do not have?

The answer to this is yes, there are more and more people each year that do not have the food, the winter coat, boots, hats, gloves. How many times have you seen a school aged child walking to school in attire that is not appropriate for the winter months.

It makes my eyes water, that there are children that were not as blessed as maybe my own.

I would like to see a main page article next year at Thanksgiving stating that only one or two organizations were helping others, because this year, neighbors were helping neighbors, and the needs were fulfilled.

The gift of love is free. You can not purchase it anywhere, no matter how wealthy you are. Open your hearts, help the elderly that can not get out this year, make one extra plate and take it over to them.

What a difference one person can make in this world, if we share our own blessings, and pay it forward. So the article headline would read as this:

Too much food and donations left over for this years holiday meals. All neighbors decided to get together and help each other out. No one is going without this year. May God bless each of you for your generosity.


14 thoughts on “Daily Prompt:IMHO/The Daily Post

  1. Great question: Why is this done only at the holidays?

    I’ve recently begun attending the Episcopal church across the street from where I have lived for over two years. Every Saturday they host a lunch open to the community that provides a meal and a point of connection for those who wish to partake. One member of the congregation has achieved Master level in Reiki and offers an abbreviated treatment to any who are receptive and in need of healing touch.

    Churches and organizations may host and house these efforts, but it is volunteerism and people stepping out of their lives to reach out to touch the lives of others in the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor.


  2. Around here, people seem more willing to donate if there’s some kind of gimmick to it:

    We have the ‘Food & Cash Salvation Bash” to support the Salvation Army’s work. Local bands provide entertainment and one can meet various TV and radio personalities while donating to the Salvation Army.

    There’s a ‘Cans Film Festival’ (a spoof on the Cannes Film Festival in France) where you can get into a movie by donating a can, popcorn or soda cost a can etc.

    And many libraries will write off fines at a rate of a dollar per can donated.


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