Reach out this holiday season
A beautiful tribute to a friend is included in our Letters to the Editor today from local resident Mike Austin. Upon reading Mike’s words, it struck a chord that we can all reach out to others this holiday season-and through the winter months-to touch the lives of those who are feeling alone or forgotten.
I have observed over the years that the obituaries in the the papers increase tremendously around the holidays and throughout the cold months. Do these folks simply give up because it is a lonely, dreary time for them?
Each of us can make a difference by reaching out to those in our community who may not have family close or who may not have family at all.
Mike’s letter referenced Mr. Fargo’s time at the VA Hospital. There are so many veterans there who would love a visit. They have given their time and service over the years on behalf of all of us-the absolute least we can do is give some quality time to them in return. To simply sit with them and talk-they love to do that-or to read to them or just sit quietly so they know someone cares makes a world of difference.
And it’s not only veterans who can use some companionship but many who are residents in our local nursing homes. Visits brighten their days and again, show them that they are not forgotten.
And if you can’t visit someone-send them a card. An actual through the mail card is a great way to lift someone’s spirits and brighten a day. This small act of kindness that takes only a few minutes of one’s time can mean the world to the one receiving it.
Try to put yourself in the place of these folks who face this time of year without family or friends. Stop your own hustle and bustle long enough to make a positive difference in their lives.