Tis the season of giving #2 12/24/2014 by Guest Blogger Annette Mindermann

Tis the season for giving and as we all know it is so much more meaningful to give than to receive.  There is nothing more joyful than to watch a child open a gift that is magical in their eyes, or giving your college son or daughter money to go back to school with so they don’t have to feel so financially burdened, or the warm smile and hugs we receive for taking an elderly neighbor a plate of holiday cookies.

Christmas can be a very trying time for families who may be struggling financially. Many may think that poverty is restricted to big cities but poverty exists everywhere .  In the Monroe area our food pantries served over 400 families this year.  Last week we felt so blessed to be able to donate 3500 pounds of cheese to families in need.  We are so happy that we could spread some cheesy love for families to share at their holiday table this year.  It made our hearts grow 1000 times bigger!

Food Pantry pic 2014

There are so many ways we can give during the holiday’s and all through the year.  We can help an elderly neighbor with yard work, we can volunteer through church and so many other charitable organizations. We can donate food, clothing, physical labor or a monetary gift.

As the Grinch learned when he tried to stop Christmas in Hoo-ville.  It is so much more than the actual physical gift.  It is the love we as humans share for one another, our families, our friends and our co-workers.  It is the giving of ourselves to make others feel joy, love, peace and blessings.

We hope you were able to reach out this holiday season to spread the holiday cheer!  And to all those who were in need this year we hope your holiday tables were filled with an abundance of food and most importantly love.  Blessings to all on your holiday and may 2015 bring you all that you hope for and more.

“And that’s the whey it is.”