It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as families worldwide begin their Christmas preparations and celebrations. Gifts are being wrapped, dinners are being prepared, and decorations are being hung in hopes of a festive, happy holiday season with our families. As we celebrate the happiest of holidays, it is easy for us to get wrapped up in our needs and wants and it is difficult for us to grasp the heartache of others during the holidays.
Some families cannot afford to celebrate Christmas in the most cheerful of ways, and are just happy to be able to put food on the table for the holidays. Some do not have families and are doing their best to spend the holidays with a makeshift family of friends or maybe even choosing to spend it alone. Others are enduring the aftermath of tragedies, trying to get back their old lives and have lost the majority, if not all, of their belongings due to natural disasters. Regardless of the circumstances, there is always a family severely in need over the holidays.
It is often these families that we sometimes forget about, because we are focused on the wellbeing of our own families during the holidays. However, Christmas is the season of giving, and giving to those who are hurting in times of tragedy will never go unnoticed, unappreciated, and will leave you satisfied with how you spent your holiday season. To give back and help other families, you can easily volunteer, or donate to several causes to support the celebration of the holidays for the less fortunate.
There is one cause in particular that has been a world-known tragedy that most of us cannot fathom such a thing ever happening to us — the typhoon in the Philippines. This natural disaster left destroyed homes, killed thousands, and left the rest of its survivors with merely a few belongings and hundreds of miles of destruction. These families aren’t even looking for gifts this Christmas, if they are even thinking about Christmas at all. The survivors of this typhoon are simply looking to stay alive and to keep healthy, as well as begin a new life for them selves after recovering from such an awful string of events.
There are so many different ways you can help, even if the Philippines are on the other side of the world from where you are. UNICEF has a little bit of a different mission, and its mission focuses solely on the health concern of the children of the Philippines and their families, due to the devastating state and lack of supplies that the typhoon has left them with. UNICEF is responding by distributing therapeutic food, health kits, as well as water and hygiene kits. This Christmas, simply help give the gift of overall well-being. Any little bit can help a family take a large step towards the attempt of rebuilding their lives and becoming healthy again.
During the holidays, as you spend time with your own family, remember those who are just lucky to be alive to see Christmas. But remember, you can easily help.
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