The Spirit Of The Season
Christmas is only a few days away now, and I have enjoyed this holiday season more than I have in years! I love all the farmhouse decorations and listening to classic Christmas carols in the living room each evening, and I’m even enjoying the snow we’ve been getting lately - the last few years, winter hasn’t arrived until well after New Year’s, so having a white Christmas is adding to my festive mood. The presents are all wrapped and waiting under the tree, and the Christmas cookies are all baked as of Wednesday. It’s going to be hard when the holidays are over and “real life” returns - but at least I still have two more weeks!
However, as fortunate as so many of us are to be able to enjoy all the trappings of the Christmas season, we need to remember that there are also so many who can’t enjoy “real life,” much less Christmas, because they simply don’t have enough to eat. It’s easy to get caught up in the lights and the gifts and the holiday cheer and forget that this isn’t the norm for everyone.
There is still time to join in on Anything But Routine’s “Helping For The Holidays” mission and donate to the Franklin Street United Methodist Church Food Pantry in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. They always have plenty of people to feed year-round, but it’s especially crucial this time of year. So if you haven’t already, please consider making a donation for Christmas. You don’t have to live in the area in order to help - financial donations are used to purchase what food needs the area food bank can’t provide. If you’d like to make a financial donation, you may send a check, made out to United Methodist Human Services, with “food pantry” noted on the memo line. The mailing address is: United Methodist Human Services, Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 510 Locust Street, Johnstown, PA, 15901.
If you do live locally and you’d like to donate food or other supplies, you may take your donation to the Franklin Street church between 9:00am - noon, Monday through Thursday. The pantry is open each Tuesday morning, 9:30-11:30.
Christmas is a time for giving. Let’s embrace the spirit and give this basic necessity to others so they can better enjoy the season. And if you have indeed made a donation, thank you so much!
I wish you all a very happy holiday season - see you in 2020!