The holidays used to be a time of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Now Christmas has become a department store dream. We have let the spirit of Christmas slowly die.
People seem to buy more for their gift giving pleasure but are giving less to charities at the same time.
Last year, the Salvation Army netted an impressive $147.6 million during its Red Kettle campaign that most shoppers are familiar with.
However, comparing what the Salvation Army made to what Wal-Mart made during the same time period sheds some new light. Wal-Mart grossed $6 billion during the same time period.
It saddens me to say this, but mecca corporations make millions more than charities. We always seem to always want more and tend to forget that there are 656,129 homeless in the United States. Charities’ like the Red Kettle Campaign are meant to aid our fellow man in their time of need.
Look at it from this angle. According to the Huffington Post, the population of the United States reached 314,159,265 this year. If we all gave one dollar to just the Red Kettle Campaign by itself it would almost double the amount of people they could help.
I would urge you to give just one dollar to a charity this holiday season. You will be making a difference in one of your in a fellow human beings life and keeping the true meaning of Christmas alive.