November 6, 2013

Giving Thanks

It is hard for me to choose which holiday is my favorite. Thanksgiving or Christmas? I love Thanksgiving because of the delicious food, but I also love Christmas because I looooove giving people gifts. Don't get me wrong, I love receiving gifts, but I really, really enjoy giving gifts to others. Ask my husband, he'll tell ya. I always try to get family to open their presents whether it be birthday, anniversary, Christmas weeks in advance because I love seeing their faces when they open their gift. I think I get more excited then they do.

Around the holiday season, people seem to be in a more giving spirit, myself included. If you think about it, Thanksgiving literally means giving thanks. By reflecting on all the things that I am grateful for it reminds me that there are others who are not as fortunate. 

Every year around the holidays, I like to give back in some way or another, big or small. Things I've done in the past are dropping change into a collection bucket, participating in Adopt-a-Family through my employer, choosing a child from the Angel Tree at church, participating in the Race for a Cure, and donating to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

This year, I am going to contribute to the Helping Up Mission. 
Helping Up Mission is faith based and located in downtown Baltimore. Not only do they provide shelter to homeless men, but they provide programs addressing individual physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. 

I was fortunate enough to visit the Helping Up Mission during my Community Based Nursing course in grad school. I was impressed and amazed at what I saw. I was really blown away by the respect and dignity everyone was treated with and it was in no way a "half-way house" nor did it even look like one! It looked more like a college campus, albeit a small one. I spoke with residents and staff there, observed an education class that was going on, toured the "dorms," and also got to see other parts of the facility including their fabulous library.

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