NewBeginnings Gayla 03KENTUCKY (12/14/13) — This article is short, sweet, and simple; but please don’t miss out on its message. If every person reading this takes the challenge with me, we all could make a real difference this holiday season.

Christmas is almost upon us. This time of year is supposed to be filled with cheer and special moments with family and friends. Sadly, for some people this can be a very stressful and depressing time of year. There are families with children who are barely getting by throughout the year. The parents want to give gifts to their kids this Christmas, but they have no idea how they can afford it. There are individuals who have lost loved ones and this season can be extra depressing for them. There are people who this Christmas, like every other day, will be alone.

Do you have food to eat and clothes to wear?
Do you have an adequate house?
Do you pretty much get everything you need and want throughout the year?

I do and many other people do as well. Are you wondering what to give someone who already has everything? Has a family member or friend asked you what you want and you are struggling in trying to tell them something?

If your answers are yes, then join me in doing something that can change someone’s outlook on life or maybe even their life altogether! Take the holiday challenge. The holiday challenge is to find someone in need or an organization that you believe in. Then, instead of telling your loved one an item they could buy you tell them to take the money they were going to spend on you and donate it to the cause you believe in. You could also do the holiday challenge in honor of a deceased loved one. You could even get a group of your co-workers together and give even more. You don’t even have to spend money to do the holiday challenge. Do you have a neighbor who doesn’t have family? Invite them over for Christmas dinner or bring a plate of food to them and stay to chat for a while.

Here are a few ideas of organizations/people to give to:
•    Salvation Army Angel Tree (located at Wal-Mart and local hospitals).
•    Toys for Tots.
•    Sometimes churches have families that they are providing Christmas for. You could give money to the cause.
•    Sponsor a pet from your local humane society.
•    Donate to Make a Wish foundation at www.wish.org.
•    Give to your local homeless shelter.
•    Give to military families by googling “Operation Homefront”.
•    Send an anonymous gift card to someone you know that is having a rough time.

"Giving feels good. It is a form of healing. Not just for you as an individual, but for everyone." —Jennifer Beals

Wishing you a blessed holiday season!
Gayla
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

springhour

Most Read This Week

March 02, 2015 9237

Madisonville Teen Faces Numerous Drug Charges

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 8507

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

in Top News For All Sites by Trooper Stu Recke
February 25, 2015 6360

New Asian Restaurant Coming to Madisonville

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 03, 2015 5395

Three Arrested during Traffic Stop

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
February 25, 2015 4299

Local Man Makes Unique Display from Area’s…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 02, 2015 3618

HCSO, MPD Join to Bust Alleged Drug Trafficking…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office

Most Read This Month

February 12, 2015

UPDATE: Name of Pennyrile Fatality Officially…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
February 09, 2015

Police Pursue Man after Fight at Taco Bell

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center

Stories Trending Today

March 03, 2015 2346

Superintendent: Spring Break Won't be Touched…

in Hopkins News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 1117

Highway Crews Dealing with Landsides in…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Keith Todd
March 04, 2015 1093

KSP Warns of Old Scam Resurfacing in the Post 2…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
March 04, 2015 807

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 4, 2015

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
March 04, 2015 783

Adamson Chosen as Madisonville MSU Campus’…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 716

Mental Health Services Expanded at Western…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Steve Beshear
March 04, 2015 706

Muhlenberg County Educator Inducted into Kentucky…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by WKU News
March 04, 2015 699

New Downtown Plaza to Provide Platform for…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
March 04, 2015 665

KYEM Monitoring Another Storm System Headed for…

in General News For All Sites by Monica French
March 04, 2015 585

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - March 4, 2015

in Video by Crime Stoppers