Christmas of 1993 is a cherished memory for me of what the spirit of the holiday season truly is all about.
At that time I was living in Florida and working at a title company. Like most places of employment it was a tradition for the office employees to have a party and exchange gifts.
But in 1993 we decided to change that tradition and do something special - perform an act of kindness.With the help of a local organization we found a family that was down on its luck and facing some unfortunate circumstances.This family was a proud family; they were just facing some bad times. Their family unit consisted of a mom, a dad, a little girl and a little boy.
The children were young. They didn't understand; they just knew that something wasn't quite right at home. The mother was recovering from surgery as a result of an illness and could not work.The father had injured his back at work and he, too, could not work.
For those who have ever had to rely on workman's compensation, you're probably aware of the fact that a family can starve before benefits are ever received.
To be sick is one thing. To have your spouse injured is an additional strain.Like most people this family wanted to be able to feed their kids and pay their bills. These are not luxuries; they are necessities.
Christmas was just days away and meanwhile this family still had not received any benefits; bills were piling up and the holiday season was upon them.It's easy to sit back and say we have so much to be thankful for. But when your health is deteriorating, bills are unpaid, food is scarce, and you cannot provide presents for your children, that is disheartening. And one doesn't always want to hear how thankful they should be. That is what this family was going through. They just wanted their prayers answered.
My co-workers and I decided Christmas could be joyful for this family facing rough times.We ordered Christmas dinner and purchased gifts for every member of the family.And when we brought the goodies to this family the look of amazement and appreciation was worth a million dollars. Not only did we help make this family's Christmas a little bit merrier, we made our Christmas more meaningful.The old saying, 'tis better to give than receive, I can personally say I experienced it that year in 1993. It's a Christmas I will remember until my memory serves me no longer.