The holidays. Just the mention of the word causes stress. I have to get the cookies done for the party. I have to put the turkey in the deep fryer * who wouldn’t? mmmm deep fried bird*. AND I have to get a gift for Uncle Jessie. On top of EVERYTHING else I have work and school. *bangs head on desk*

I can speak from experience that there is abundant help and volunteers during the holidays. The donated food gets better and there are a TON of sweaters and gloves and socks. There are people EVERYWHERE donating a meal from a church or spending time playing games or helping elsewhere in the shelters. But once January comes round, the holidays fade, and the spirit of giving is replaced with the spirit of I gave at the office.

It’s wonderful to give and donate your time and money during the holidays. Don’t stop that. But don’t stop there. You don’t know what it means to be listened to. Homelessness is so very isolating. You don’t know how much fun you will have spending time cooking a meal, serving others, and showing some compassion. It doesn’t have to stop with January. You can have a blast all year through. And isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Guest blogger Emilie Crossley


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