Today was the day I dropped off my Thanksgiving food donation at the Center for Food Action (CFA) in Englewood, NJ.
As I pulled into the parking lot filled with average cars driven by average people, I found myself truly inspired at the site of so many individuals who still understood what it meant to be compassionate in this world. The food donation seemed to be endless that day.
Just when I thought humanity couldn’t care less about their fellow man, here was a small but clear sign of hope.
But sadly there are still many people who fail to understand the value of giving back to those less fortunate.
Too often we forget there are no guarantees in life. Our reality could change in a moment’s notice without any warning, and suddenly we might find ourselves in dire need of the assistance and kindness of others – especially during the holidays.
So many of us never have to worry about where our next meal will come from, or how we’ll find the money to pay for it. We consider ourselves upstanding citizens in society, but give back very little where our efforts are needed most.
Now I’m not suggesting that you drain your bank account to help those in need. But remember, if one day you find yourself unable to put food on your Thanksgiving table, you might finally understand what those compassionate individuals already know. A food donation can help so many.
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson