The Buck Stops Here
I sincerely hope readers will fully review the stories of disadvantaged people on the front page this week.
The families in The Spirit of Christmas effort put on by the Press-Journal and Heart-to-Heart Community Outreach truly need the community’s help.
As I edited those stories for this week’s paper, it occurred to me how thankful I should be on Thanksgiving for what I have.
Although I am not a rich man, I do have the basic necessities to have a Christmas. I have a strong, wonderful family that helps each other. We are all in good health and employed.
So when I read the stories about kids needing books, clothes and toys, it reminded me that all my Christmases were filled with such things.
It also reminded me that I was fortunate enough to be born to my parents, who were in an economic state that could provide me a home, food and clothing. I absolutely took it for granted.
I never knew what hunger was until I spent a long college weekend without much food because a check was hung up in the mail. I rarely ate breakfast at the college cafeteria back then, but I sure did that Monday morning, because I was famished.
It was a good life lesson, a “walk a mile in my shoes” experience that made me realize that sometimes things go awry by no fault of your own.
That’s where the people are on the Spirit of Christmas list.
As Heart-to-Heart director Patty Bolton says, don’t judge these people just because they don’t have what others have.
Some people are born poor and never get the chance to attend college to enhance their income. Some people, like one of the families this year, simply get burned out of their homes and have nothing.
Many other families in the Louisiana area are feeling the squeeze of diminishing wages and the rising costs of living. A lot of them are hearing about the economy rebounding and thinking maybe it is for Wall Street, but not for them.
So I’m asking our readership to consider adopting one of the Spirit of Christmas families or at least make some kind of donation to one of them. Those donations can be brought here to the Press-Journal office during business hours until Thursday, Dec. 19.
I can tell you from past follow-up articles that the Spirit of Christmas families are profoundly moved and appreciative of what the community does for them. I’ve had mothers crying on the phone with me during those interviews, many of whom say the same thing.
Without the community, their children would not have a Christmas.
Please do all you can to help.