I don’t agree with ALL programs that the Salvation Army sponsors..but when I drop money in that red bucket-it makes me HAPPY. I like it that the ringers wish everybody a MERRY CHRISTMAS whether they drop anything in or not. They represent nostalgic Christmas- as I recall my own childhood- when my parents or grandparents gave my sisters and me coins to drop in the buckets.

This week, a dear friend of mine put out a note that simply said..the kids and I want to help a family this Christmas- if you know of anyone, let me know. I knew of a GREAT family and responded on their behalf. My friend was thrilled to do something for them.

Tonight a single dad friend of ours is on a date with his daughters..buying gifts for kids on the angel tree. It made me proud..he’s a guy and guys aren’t really into that kind of thing.

And, I thought about myself. Yesterday, when I got out of my car at Walmart, I heard the bell ringer. It’s embarrassing, but I contemplated whether or not I could spare anything. I knew exactly how much was in my wallet and what bills had to be paid. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have a closet full of gifts wrapped for our kids, family and friends.

Our situation makes me appreciate the good years..but I’ve decided that it’s not been a bad thing to have a refresher about the hardships that people face. I’m more thankful than ever for what we DO have.

The closer I got-the more excited I became about dropping my normal dollar going in the door and a dollar on the way out. The way I saw it, that may be all I can do this year-but GOD WILLING, I’ll make it up next year!

Be an angel for your friends like me..who can’t do as much for others as we’d like to do this year. Look for ways to bless someone. If we all do what we can, GOD will do the rest. I know because we’ve received unexpected CHRISTMAS gifts ourselves over the past year. I can tell you with certainty..GOD is GOOD and FAITHFUL. Like they say..you can’t OUT GIVE our FATHER!

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