The Holidays: Charity must not confine itself to a single time of year

Here we are again - in what is called "the holiday season."

Exalted above all other days of the year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are our designated times of the year to show our love, concern and charity toward our fellow man. But we need not confine our charity to a single set of days during the year.

Hunger, homelessness and poverty remain with those who suffer under those burdens for 365 days each year, and 366 days during Leap Years. Although giving a toy, a turkey or gift helps during the "designated days," they are not long-term solutions for poverty, nor do giving these things alleviate the community-at-large's obligation to always help the poor among us.

Jesus said in Matthew 26:11, "The poor you will have with you always," so the poor are always around.

Let's make a deliberate effort to see, and help, the poor among us throughout the year.

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