I'm feeling a little bit disappointed today. I'm feeling disappointed in the lack of humanity I am seeing.
A friend of mine organizes food drives every year. This year, on top of the food drive, she's encouraging others to give socks and gloves. It has been very cold in the south this fall, and the winter looks to be more of the same. People who are less fortunate would surely appreciate anything to keep them warm, right?
I put up a flyer at work. I sent an email asking folks to bring in canned goods, socks, or gloves. This was last week. To date, nothing has been donated.
I totally understand that times are tough, and that all of us are feeling a pinch this year, and especially at this time of year. But, I'm pretty certain we can all manage to give a few cans of food, or pick up some socks from the store.
But, more than the cost, I think it's a case of people being busy, stressed, and preoccupied. We are all so crazy trying to get things done, that we're forgetting that, among many things, this is a season of giving. I have so many blessings in my life, as do most of the people I know. Surely we have time enough to shop for a few things for those less fortunate.
As I said before, it's very cold in South Carolina right now. As I was leaving work today, I noticed a woman walking down the street. I sat in my heated car listening to my satellite radio. She was walking quickly, bundled up from head to toe, and looked oh so cold. We have many homeless people sleeping in our bushes near the office, and roaming the streets that surround it.
I'm certainly not trying to be a do-gooder, a preacher, or holier than thou. But, in this season where we are giving to our family and friends, let's all go the extra step and give to a stranger. I bet it will be the most appreciated gift this year.