“Every Christmas you always hear people saying what they want and what they bought. Well this is what I want. I want people who are sick with no cure to be able to be cured. I want children with no families to be adopted. I want people to never have to worry about food and shelter & heat.”
This is a status update making its rounds through Facebook land. And yes, it’s a wonderful message and wouldn’t it be great if all these things could come to pass. We read it, think “Yes, I want that too”, re-post, and then go about our merry way.
So here’s my challenge:
If you want sick people with no cure to be able to be cured – did YOU donate any money to research this year? There are countless non-profit organizations and research institutes that are doing amazing work to find cures for what ails us. Pick the one that’s closest to your heart and send them a check.
If you want children with no families to be adopted – are YOU willing to bring an orphaned child into your home, care for it and support it like it was your own? Call the Dept of Family Services or a private adoption organization and see how you can help.
If you want people to never have to worry about food, shelter and heat – are YOU willing to donate, time or money, to an organization that can help individuals and families through this type of a crisis?
It’s one thing to make a charitable Facebook post – it’s quite another thing to live it out, isn’t it?
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. -Mahatma Gandhi