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Holiday Spirit - True Giving

Posted Dec 22 2008 12:00am

While holidays are a time for family gatherings, they are also a time of need for many.  The elderly, the sick, the poor, the disabled and many more will find little joy in this holiday as they deal with circumstances beyond their control.  The difficult and uncertain economic times we are all experiencing make this holiday season an important opportunity to find the true meaning of giving - to give and expect nothing in return.

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I would like to share a story about a woman who has had her own difficulties to overcome this year and who still has not lost sight of the importance of giving. Lisa is a recent breast cancer survivor.  While undergoing her treatment, she discovered  the BeauBeau scarves and became a huge fan with a substantial collection. After her recovery, she felt so strongly about helping other women that she asked to represent 4Women.com and help spread the word.  She is actively doing her part to let other women know that they can still feel beautiful while undergoing cancer treatments. But her giving does not end there.

Recently, Lisa was in an oncology practice and saw a women who was being treated for cancer and  in the process of losing her hair. She watched as the woman tried on one of the BeauBeau scarves - with an instant reaction of self confidence.  Although the scarf was something she wanted, she said she could not afford it.  Lisa overheard her say “I don’t have any money, they are taking my house away and I have already had my electricity turned off”.  Without another thought, Lisa put the scarf on her head and said:  “Merry Christmas.”  The woman’s eyes lit up after this simple act of kindness.

It is not just individuals struggling during these difficult economic times but charities are feeling the pinch as well.  While it is difficult to give to a charity when many of us are being financially challenged at home, many small gifts can enable those charities to make a big difference for others who have it harder than we do. There are no shortage of worthy charities to give to, but here are a few worth mentioning:  You can give back to our troops at “Give to the Troops” , support orphaned and impoverished children at Vision Trust , support the fight against hunger in America at Feeding America or give a gift to a disadvantaged child through one of my favorite charities, Toys for Tots .

This is a year where simple acts of kindness may have a tremendous impact on the life of another person.  Christmas is meant to be a time of peace, love and well wishes to all.  Finding that meaning may be easier than you think.

My very sincere wishes for a healthy and happy holiday.

Susan Beausang

4Women.com

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