Holiday Giving, Reason for the Season

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In the busyness and pleasures of the season sometimes we forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season.  It’s not about gifts or food, or shopping.  It’s the celebration and acknowledgement of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To stand before the Lord with a humble and grateful heart for ALL he has done in us and through us.  If you’ve had a difficult year, you’re still here.  God has preserved you, amen.  You know there are some people who didn’t wake up this morning, but you did that means no matter how difficult its been there are blessings ahead.

I can’t tell you how many things I have to be thankful for this year.  God’s love has overwhelmed me.  He’s hung in there with me when I wasn’t sure I was going to make it.  He’s kept me in the midst of difficult situations.  He’s fed me and kept me a float in lean times. He raised up a standard against my enemies, and blessed me in front of them.  He told me to keep my eyes on Him.  Because nobody can curse what God has blessed!!!!!  You may say to yourself I don’t have any enemies.  There is always an enemy to the harvest, (It started with Eve).  He encouraged me that I can do all things through Him.  God is my source, my love, and friend that sticks closer than a brother.

In this season I give all honor and glory and praise to God!!!  Tears stream down my face as I type this. Thinking of the goodness of Jesus and ALL he’s done for me.  My soul cries out Hallelujah!!!!  As we prepare for a blessed holiday, don’t forget those less fortunate.  God is a giver!  God was the first giver. John 3:16,  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” As Christians so must we also be givers!  And follow in the footsteps of God.  There are many worthy causes, choose the ones that are closes to your heart.

Below are SCW Top 5 Christmas Charities.

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The Salvation Army was founded on July 1865.  It is a Christian, international charitable organization with a world-wide membership of over 1.5 millions.  Also present in 127 countries.  It’s mission is to meet the “physical and spiritual needs” of the poor, destitute, and hungry.  They also operate shelters for the homeless, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid.  During the Christmas season you will find them accepting donations at your local grocery store.

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Salvation Army accepts can goods and non-perishable foods

2. Toys-For-Tots

Toys for Tots founded in 1947 is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy gifts for them.

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Donate a toy or two for children who might not otherwise have anything for Christmas.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was established in 1962.  It is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases.  It is located in Memphis Tennessee but it’s mission has touched hearts around the world including mine.  It’s one thing to be a disadvantaged child as far as finances but quite another to be a sick and hurting child during Christmas.  Outside of Memphis Tennessee consider a monetary donation via check.  Inside Tennessee consider the gift of time and volunteer, and or donate a toy.  You can’t buy the joy on their little faces.  Below Micheal Strayhand with St. Jude patients.

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4. Secret Santa is a western Christmas tradition in which members of a group or community are randomly assigned a person to whom they anonymously give a gift. www.secretsanta.com

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Right here at Home, The Fred Jordan Mission, Established in 1944 by Fred Jordan.  Fred Jordan Missions have worked on the streets of inner city Los Angeles and throughout the world to help share God’s love by providing nourishing food, warm clothing, blankets, shelters and other vital services to people in need.  These are some great folks.  Upon Fred Jordan’s death in 1988 his beloved wife, Willie Jordan has continued his vision through today.

We took the kids to volunteer with us Thanksgiving Holiday last year.  It was an amazing experience.  We helped serve over 4,000 meals that day. You cannot help but to be touched.  There are literally families and kids living on the sidewalk.  Fred Jordan provides a massive Thanksgiving and Christmas meal.  They also serve the homeless throughout the year everyday as well as shelters, though there are more homeless than shelters.  Representing God’s love and caring.  Inside Los Angeles consider volunteering, outside Los Angeles consider a financial gift to keep this worthy organization going.

Look them up at www.fjm.org , this link goes straight to the Christmas event info.

Fred Jordan mission Skid Row, Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA NOVEMEBR 25, 2010-David Scala, 1, sits on a bag with the family belongings as his brother Mario, 4, watches a band during 67th Annual Traditional Banquet on Skir Row in Downtown Los Angeles Thursday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

They receive help from many local businesses, volunteers, and private citizens.

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Foot Locker donating shoes, please support these businesses with a heart.

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Bikers gang donating tricycles for kids (Bikers have a heart too)

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Hot delicious meals served with the help of volunteers.

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