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Tis the Season to Give

“Make someone happy.
Make just one someone happy.
And you will be happy too.”

 -Jimmy Durante (Make Someone Happy)

I have always loved the lyrics to this song, it embodies the very idea of what it means to give. I think at this time of year many people can easily fall into despair. What with the seasons growing colder, and the nights starting earlier, not to mention the increase of holiday shoppers, and tight budget most of us live on. I know that I fight this melancholy often, but then I remember a time when I was just 8 years old, I believe that would make my brother 6.

We had just moved into a small one bedroom house with my mother and her newest boyfriend, we didn’t have much. The boyfriend of course didn’t have a steady job, the electricity had just been cut off, I was sure that we would not be having a Christmas. I mean, I was already adult enough to know that money was required for everything, and that was just something we did not have. I worried about my brother, he was still young enough to ask about Santa, and presents. We were out playing a couple of days before Christmas, and as we came home sitting on our small porch was a box. I told my brother to go inside and get Mom. When she opened it I will never forget, what was inside that box. I found a small monster truck, a Barbie, two sweaters, and 2 packages of socks. Plus, can goods, and stove top stuffing. Someone had decided that we would be on the receiving end of their kindness. To this day I never knew who left those things on our porch.

And even if I knew that the present under the tree was a Barbie, I was still excited to open it. I guess the reason I am telling you this is because regardless of who the person was, they made two small kids very happy that day. Ones that had grown up far before their days. So when you are out, think about that red kettle outside the store you just visited, drop your change, and when you see a white Toys for Tots box, think about my brother and I. I know that I do, I remember that day every time I see them. It maybe hard during holiday season, but the smallest act of kindness can make such a big difference, to someone you don’t know and to yourself as well.  Because when you make someone happy, you can be happy too.

 

One thought on “Tis the Season to Give”

  1. FINALLLY SOMEONE WHO HAS MY SAME THOUGHTS ABOUT SHARING AND HELPING SOMEONE LESS FORTUNATE THAN YOURSELF.I ALWAYS THINK WHAT IF I WAS IN THAT PERSONS SHOES….ID WANT SOMEONE TO HELP ME! MAY NOT BE RICH, BUT I BELIEVE IN SHARING WHAT I HAVE.JUST RECENTLY ME AND MY NEICE HELPED A MAN STANDING OUTSIDE A STORE…HE NEVER ASKED ANYONE FOR MONEY,BUT I COULD TELL HE WAS IN NEED OF HELP. WE GAVE HIM $7.00 AND HE SAID IT WOULD HELP HIM GET A PLACE TO STAY AND A HOT MEAL TO EAT THAT NIGHT.HE SAID GOD WOULD BLESS US,AND HE DID,WHEN WE WENT TO WAL MART TO GET OUR CHRISTMAS LAYWAY OFF THEY HAD OVERCHARGED US,AND WE DIDNT OWE THE $62.00 ON IT WE THOUGHT WE OWED.WE DIDNT OWE ANYTHING!ALWAYS GIVE TO THE SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGERS,UR POCKET CHANGE COULD MAKE SOME LIL KID OR KIDS VERY HAPPY ON CHRISTMAS MORNING,PLUS GIVE THEM A GOOD MEAL! THANK YOU FOR SHRIN YOUR STORY AND GOD BLSS YOU AND YOUR BROTHER! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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