This afternoon I received an email from a stranger. It read:
“Greetings from Dwight. We were touched by your wonderful crockpot idea to help your food bank. We have decided to make a donation on your Go Fund Me page instead of buying gifts for a few family members. Thanks for helping Muskoka families in need.”
Over the last couple of weeks, some friends of mine who are very supportive of Dollars for Dinners have been mischievous little elves and have contacted some local media outlets to share the story of our crockpot meals for our Food Bank. I can only guess that this lovely woman heard the story on the first radio interview and contacted the station to get my information.
After I wiped the tears from my cheeks, I smiled. What a wonderful gift from one family that will help create meals for several other families who are struggling. That is what the spirit of the season is about.
But when the holiday season is over, when the Salvation Army bells fall silent, when the donation Kettles are gone and the spirit of giving seems to be packed away with the extra wrapping paper and bows, that is the time that we need to remember those families who need our help.
The end of the holidays does not signify the end of the hunger or the need for a helping hand. We need to keep the true spirit of giving alive and well and keep that glow in our hearts, the glow you can only get from helping others, burning all year long.