Jeff is here from Michigan, enjoying his school break and getting out of the snow. We’ll play golf three times while he’s here, but today is all about giving.
Most don’t think about Hilton Head Island as a place with those in need, but we do have many families in the service industry just getting by. In addition, there are many elderly without family in the area and they would be alone this Christmas Day if not for our two leaders.
Two lovely ladies, Barb and Lois, started a community Christmas dinner for anyone alone or in need of a meal on Christmas Day. Jeff and I have been volunteering since I moved down here. We are the “Stuffing Crew”, making cornbread stuffing for about 1200 each Christmas Day. Katy has always worked in the Emergency Room on Christmas so a Mom with small kids could have the day off to be with family. This year, she’ll be making stuffing and cutting turkey with us.
I started this tradition in our family 17 years ago when I sobered up. In Traverse City, I made stuffing on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter with the Community Meals program run by Sandra Svec for thousands every year. My kids are always there when in town. It is tradition now.
Many years ago when we had a place in Bonita Springs, Florida, we went with the Chamber of Commerce on Christmas Day to Immokalee, Florida where many of the migrant workers have jobs in the produce fields. My kids tell me still today that that day serving drinks and making salad for the migrant workers helped shape their desire for service work. You never know when you’ll hit the right chord with your kids. It was a very important day in my life and theirs.
My Christmas wish for you this year is as always, peace and good health to you and your family. And as an added bonus, I wish for you, the opportunity to give to others. It is a much more satisfying feeling than a new toy or gizmo you may receive. It it may start a tradition in your family as well. And that way, the whole world wins on this special day.
God Bless you all.
Rick and Katy
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