Countdown to Christmas-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
HALLOWEEN is over and the Philippines officially starts its long Christmas season. This early, grocery stores are already displaying Christmas gift packs, to entice all those who intend to buy gifts to shop early.
The gift packs, however, becomes a stark reminder of all those who are in need and may not be able to celebrate a festive Christmas because of circumstances beyond their control.
They are the people of Zamboanga City who lost their homes and means of livelihood in the armed conflict in September 2013.
They are the people of Bohol and Cebu who had to contend with the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in October 2013.
The shakes are continuing, probably loosening up more soil and weakening more structures, and the rains too are here in bigger volumes than ever.
As we then move closer to Christmas, may we set aside a portion of our gifts to share for all of those in need.
Donor fatigue is real. We can see that in the turnout of donations as disaster after disaster strikes, but we shouldn’t give up. There are thousands who never imagined they will be near begging for help. Let each and every day that we are in a position to help that we are lucky indeed for we are not the ones in who need help.
The adage “It’s better to give than to receive” takes on a new meaning here. For indeed, it is indeed a blessing to be given the means to give than to be rendered helpless and will have to wait for our turn to receive.
Let this countdown to Christmas also be a countdown to greater generosity on our part as we always keep in mind all those people who need a crutch to lean on so as to let another year go by.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 04, 2013.