As you know, holidays like Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Year’s can be an incredibly difficult time for those on the margins of society – people without family, friends, or a place to go. The spirit of giving, receiving, and celebration only makes feelings of isolation and loneliness worse. Especially for people without community, those dealing with a health crisis, or those who are not financially stable.
The pandemic has made things even worse. The need to help transform and save lives and provide support to those most vulnerable is critical.
Did you know Boxing Day was originally a day to give rather than receive? Before Boxing Day came to be associated with turkey sandwiches, football, and discounts, it was known as a day to serve people in need. Historically, the church visited those most vulnerable on Boxing Day and gave them money and gifts. The day wasn’t about giving―it was about giving our best.
When you make a gift through Mission & Service, you are aligning yourself with the roots of this day, a day that calls us to compassion.
Our world desperately needs our care. For some, it means everything.
Your support through Mission & Service means that David, who lost his entire family after a series of accidents, can rebuild his life with the help of the Bissell Centre, a Mission & Service partner.
Our partnership with organizations like the Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children is breaking down barriers and paving the way for eager students to go to school. Your gifts are ending the cycle of stigma and poverty.
Your generosity means that isolated seniors living alone and in poor health not only receive help to access services they need but also know what it means to feel seen and cared for.
Giving is about more than making a gift. It’s about lighting the way for others.
It’s up to each and every one of us to “be the light” in the lives of those who are suffering. Together, we can be the difference our world needs. Thank you for your generosity. God bless you for sharing your light in all the ways that you do.
This is a feature story in the series “Your Generosity Matters”, part of the Mission and Service program of the United Church of Canada. Read monthly stories about how your contributions to the M&S fund are making a difference on our Mission & Service page at haliburtonpastoralcharge.com or by signing up to get our posts by email. If you would like to make a donation to the M&S fund, go to the Giving page and follow the directions. Thank you!