Written by: Shanice Atkins-Broome
The day before the biggest holiday has arrived – Christmas Eve!
Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas and is recognized as a holiday for many, in anticipation of Christmas Day. But for some, Christmas Eve is the day you hustle and bustle for last minute shopping for family and friends. And for young kids, it’s the day you stay up at night for the first sign of Santa.
Everyone tends to go through different emotions during Christmas season. While there are many who are eager to open their gifts and look forward to drinking Eggnog, others may be grieving a sudden loss in their family or have no home to be comforted with love.
From the highs to the lows, Christmas season is celebrated differently for a variety of people.While we may be caught up in the moment of excitement, we should always remember there are people with little to nothing.
Here are 3 ways your presence can make a difference this holiday season:
Participate in Holiday Food Drives
Throughout the holiday season, there are plenty of businesses hosting food drives. Many companies seek employees, and sometimes visitors, to bring in non-perishable canned goods. These items are usually donated to local food banks within the community. This is a great way to lend a hand to those in need and an amazing way to help your community.
Who doesn’t love participating in fun activities for a great cause? I sure do! You may not want to collect perishable food items and bring them to your local food bank alone. But you’re willing to go bowling with your peers and dance along to classic 90’s jams. Well why not make it 2 in 1? Grab a couple of your friends to go bowling and have them bring perishable food items. In all, you enjoy a great night out with friends and collect cans where a group of you can later deliver to a local food bank.
Share a Smile
The simplest things mean the most. And they do say, “the best things in life are free.” Life is filled with the simplest things that can leave the greatest effects on an individual. There are days where the less fortunate don’t have a home. A home where one is cherished with love and feeling secured with their own being. By simply sharing a smile with someone you come across, this can completely change their attitude. It must be an amazing feeling for those in need to know there are genuine and warm hearted souls out there. If you come across someone, quickly lace them with a smile. A smile is free and has the power to be the source of joy for someone.
From my family to yours, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Team uOPRA xo