By the time you read this, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have come and gone. Great days to get stuff at an affordable price. Others will charge stuff on these two days, for whatever reasons, some sensible and others not so much.
I personally don’t need to hunt for more stuff or more reasons to make my blood pressure rise or my neck stiffen, so I will be far, far away from those areas that draw the greatest crowds with the greatest of promises. Not that I haven’t been there, done that. The first and last early morning line I stood in to get a holiday deal was years ago. I was with about five others who were waiting for doors to open at our very own Fred’s. My son wanted one of those then-newfangled cameras that sound old-fashioned and ho-hum now. He seldom requested much stuff, so this seemed a good one to get for a teen with a talented eye and a creative bent.
By the time you read this, Giving Tuesday will have come and gone as well, a day set aside for global giving, for making a difference via charitable giving. Did you even know there is such a designated time? Perhaps we should consider a different order for these days focused on money. Philanthropic Friday would help us focus first on the various needs among our own. Manic Monday could be the day all sit stupefied in front of screens searching for the best deals on the most-sought after items with free shipping. Tempting Tuesday could then be the day we fight crowds and tempers trekking through feet and bins for deals at hand. Putting our priorities in that order might place our dollars where they are most appreciated. save our drawers, shelves and closets from stuff that won’t fit into them, and keep our hearts reflecting the reasons for the season.
By the time you read this I will be an experienced bell-ringing volunteer for the Salvation Army. That organization is involved in stuff, too, the stuff that others need in the midst of crisis, not the frivolous stuff but stuff that meets immediate needs to keep hope alive when life drains it.
If you research where donated dollars go when you give, you will find that 96% of donated dollars go to the cause. Dollars given through the bell-ringers stay at home and care is given not to duplicate services by other organizations. These dollars help with immediate, temporary needs that don’t meet criteria for other forms of assistance.
Other worthy recipients of your donated dollars include VFW’s. Those donated dollars help veterans and their families, the individuals we should thank for living in a society that allows us to freely buy and sell our stuff. Our local J. A. Ashby Post 3485 serves these individuals in our area.
We also have the Linda Holland Memorial Coat Drive and Toys for Tots that focus on our community.
Now that the holiday rush has officially begun, consider this motto: GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE. Share the love of the season.