Above is a pile of scarves and blankets that I have gathered from friends and family to donate to the homeless during the holidays. I have been doing it for a few years now, and unfortunately, the need grows greater every year. There are a surprising number of people with small children that are homeless. It is heartbreaking. So, I encourage all of you to give a little during this holiday season.
You may think that you can’t make a difference, but believe me, you can! I have a story for you. My boss looked to me for ideas for our annual holiday meal that we give out to our patients. Traditionally, we gave them a meal to eat, but I got the idea from another dietitian to give each patient a whole rotisserie chicken to take home and enjoy with their family. On the day of the chicken giveaway, I complained all day about fighting traffic while driving back and forth to pick up the chickens, re-packaging each one for each patient, and especially for the mess I made out of my clothing with all of the chicken drippings. I felt miserable and couldn’t wait to come up with an easier idea for Christmas. Then, a patient said that he was not planning on doing anything for Thanksgiving up until the moment he received the chicken…now he had something to eat with his family. I cried when I got home. So before you think you can’t make a difference, I’m telling you that you can. It looks like chickens again for Christmas. You better believe there will be no more complaining from me! 🙂