There is not much I don’t like about the Christmas season. Holiday parties, pretty lights and festive music are a few of my favorites. With that being said, things can get pretty stressful around this time of year. It is easy to get caught up in hustle and bustle of the season and lose sight of the true meaning behind the holiday. I am guilty of this as well. If we took a minute to slow down and take it all in I believe we would enjoy the season even more. With Christmas being at the end of the year it is the perfect time to reflect on all of things we should be thankful for and reach out and help those less fortunate.
The Toy Chest of Lexington is continuing to grow. This year there were more children and families to serve, more volunteers and more events. Last week, The Toy Chest brought some Christmas joy to Lexington’s Green House17 (formerly the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program). Toy Chest board members and volunteers brought in, set up and decorated a Christmas tree for the residents. Green House17 is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and their children. It is a comforting place for these families to go and get assistance in building a new life. The staff at Green House17 help these families find jobs and homes, they offer counseling and assist in legal matters.
Hopefully having the Christmas tree makes these families feel a little more at home this season. The mothers there were super thankful for the time and effort put forth when they saw how much the children were already enjoying the tree. The kids loved helping hang the ornaments.
Be thankful this Christmas season for all you have – there is someone who has less. Be thankful for your family – some people do not have any. Be thankful for your job – some can’t find work. Be thankful for your safe home – some people don’t even have that.