“And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy. Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time…well, tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.” ~Do They Know It’s Christmas?/Band Aid
This song always makes me choke up.
Although the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was aimed at reminding us about world hunger, there are people right under our noses who have no food for the Holidays and no gifts to open on Christmas Day. We read story after story in the newspaper about families unemployed, single moms struggling, people unable to work because of serious illness – all facing a dismal Holiday season.
There is no “ho” in many Holidays this year.
But there is a silver lining. There are people out there who care and bend over backwards to help others. Radio stations give away Christmas money to deserving families, cancer organizations bring joy to people affected by illness, domestic violence organization makes sure their clients’ children have gifts to open, and community organizations pack and bring Holiday food baskets to those without.
These people put some “ho” back into holidays.