As the holidays reach out to us, some times it's easy to get caught up in all the fuss of the holidays and forget to find the value in the moment. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE the fuss! I love it all! The Christmas movies that have been playing on tv for weeks now.... Christmas decorations in the store.... and you'll even find me humming Christmas carols.
But this weekend brought a different dimension to the holidays as a couple of us helped at the Southeast Alaska Food Bank during their annual 12 hour Sharing is Caring Food Drive. Because of the generosity of Juneau, the Food Bank received over 14,000 pounds in donations. It didn't matter if all a person could afford was one can of soup because in the end it all added up and meant others in our town would have food on their table over the holidays.
Yesterday people showed up at the Food Bank to help unload the school bus that held all the donations. What impressed me most were all the children. Kids of all ages--young ones with their parents, pre-teens, and teenagers working side by side making a difference. They weren't there because their parents made them, they were there because they wanted to help. You could see it in their actions and their joy.
Today I am thankful for Darin and his helpers Shane, Judy, and the others as they selflessly give their time all year long, so that our families, friends, and neighbors can have food on their tables.