New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 18, 2021

Editorial: Consider others in need as the holiday season approaches

By Robb Johnson | October 9, 2020 4:32 pm

The holidays are right around the corner and this year, more than ever, is the time to give back.

The world has always been a scary place. This year in particular, the pandemic has shown many people what it is like to struggle for the first time in their lives.

Imagine being a parent and not being able to provide food during thanksgiving or give a Christmas present to your child. It is quite easy for some of us to say it’s okay, that it’s “only one day.”

For this holiday season, if you have anything to give, please donate to those who are struggling to make it to the next day. We all have clothes that we no longer wear or canned goods we can give out. There are so many people struggling right now that honest to God, you will never know who they are.

We can all do better by getting with our localities or even setting up events with local churches and organizations. I say to anyone struggling out here, please do not let your pride get in the way of you admitting that you need help. The culture we live in these days with all smiles for the camera on social media have people on the outside showing their happiness, but slowly dying on the inside, looking for way to even make it to the next day.

Let’s come together as one people and put an end to holiday sadness. Motivate each other to uplift the next person who is in need. We must stop judging people as lazy as we do not know every person’s situation. Imagine being in that position and not having anything. What would you do?

Think about this long and hard holiday season because the next holiday season is not promised. You could be in the same situation as the person in need the year before. You can go from having it all to having absolutely nothing.

Let this sink in deep. Those who think that it will never happen to them, it could. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.