Advocate editorial board opinion: Find it in your heart to give a little

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Nov. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.
Updated Nov. 24, 2011 at 5:24 a.m.

We were thinking of all the people who we hardly see in our daily lives: These are the disenfranchised, the poor and destitute, the homeless, the ones without hope and the people in poor health without means to take care of themselves, as well as others who are in a bad way.

Honestly, we don't think about these folks because we live in a close-knit world of our jobs, families and friends and acquaintances. But we should stop and contemplate these folks in need - especially at this time of the year.

As Charles Dickens wrote in "A Christmas Carol" - when a couple of gentlemen entered Scrooge's business seeking donations: "At this festive season of the year, Mr. Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."

We seldom encounter seeing that "want" from people in need. But we do see when "abundance rejoices." That is when we find it in our heart to give a little. Giving a little is all that is required, and the rewards are huge - helping our fellow man always leaves us in a better way, puts a smile on our face and gives us solace.

On Nov. 18, Salvation Army bell ringers began their mission to make it easy for us to give a little - it's the 2011 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. And the goal of the campaign is to raise $75,000.

That money given freely by all of us who give a little will go to aid families in need of Christmas food, toys and clothing for children.

We can't help but imagine the smiles that a food basket, toys and clothes would bring to children and parents who are struggling.

We urge you to participate - give a little this Christmas season when you see a bell ringer, and know it will mean a tremendous blessing to others.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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