With presents to buy, holiday decorating underway and the list of to-do’s growing ever-endless, sometimes it’s difficult to remember to embrace the spirit of the season. We often let crowded shopping malls and traffic-filled parking lots fill our hearts with frustration, instead of the more appropriate notions of love, joy and peace.
Every now and then it is important to take a pause to remember the true meaning of the season. Our Christmas hero, St. Nicholas, began his career as Santa Claus driven by a compassionate heart to help the needy, the sick and the suffering. He looked out for those in need, and he devoted his time and talent to causes that endeared him to those he came in contact with.
Today, Santa still focuses on the needy, the sick and the suffering, and the rewards come back two-fold to those who help him in that mission. Using thoughtfulness, compassion, concern and empathy will virtually always place someone in Santa’s good graces and, most importantly, in high spirits.
So, in the spirit of the season, Santa has compiled a list of a few ideas for you and your family to participate in together. We encourage you to choose a cause close to your own heart; but we have also highlighted some wonderful causes that we support in case you would like to explore or adopt a new philanthropic organization.
- Donate to your local food pantry (Learn about Must Ministries)
- Give clothes to those in need (Learn about Pajama Program)
- Help children learn to read (Learn about The Path Project)
Please share your acts of kindness and compassion by using the hashtag #SpiritOfTheSeason so that we all may see the impact of the good deeds you are doing in communities around the world. Many Scout Elves will also be participating by bringing notes home from the North Pole encouraging kids to take part in kind and thoughtful acts.
It is our hope that together we can continue to make the world a much better place filled with goodwill and peace! View more about our Philanthropic mission here.