With the holidays in full swing, we’re thinking about all of the ways that we can spread cheer and warm the hearts of those less fortunate. This is the time of year to extend to those that may be facing rough times, and just need a little encouragement from someone in the world, who truly cares with their grateful heart. When you give back to others, it is something that you cannot explain in words. The moment when you really put gratitude-into-action is the most rewarding and selfless experience of a lifetime.The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart. And saves such a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18
There are so many organizations and people that need the extra help this holiday season, so take the time to change someone’s day this holiday season by volunteering at a shelter or putting together a fundraiser for a cause that is important to you. “Like I said it is the most rewarding experience!”
The refreshing time to help those who cannot help themselves, because of circumstances that are beyond their control or not of their own doing, in your own city. My favorite charity is HOPE Atlanta. When the season approaches to give back to others, they are the top organization on my give-back list. You should really give back to your community all year round. However, Christmas is a really difficult time for so many that do not have loved ones to share the holiday.
So many people are living under bridges, laying on side walks, looking for a warm coat and just a gentle smile to show that someone really cares for their well-being, from men, women, and children that are homeless and on the streets.
I pray each year that at least one family will be able to get back on their feet, and lead a productive and healthy life. But the first step in helping others is to be determined to make a difference in lives of families through HOPE Atlanta. I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor a seed begging bread. Mathew 25
HOPE Atlanta offers an array of services including shelter and other emergency services and permanent supportive housing, case management, street outreach, homeless prevention, domestic violence services, Veterans services, HIV/AIDS services, reunification, and rapid re-housing. The majority of the people we assist are homeless or about to become homeless and have very low income. Many are chronically homeless, veterans, victims of domestic violence, suffering from mental or physical illness, or chemically addicted. They are usually initially in crisis and in need of immediate crisis intervention services. The crises may be due to homelessness, the threat of homelessness, unemployment, abandonment, poverty, illness, hunger, domestic violence, poor planning, financial emergencies, and/or unforeseen circumstances.