What Christmas and the Holidays Mean to Me
I wanted to give to those in need. I knew for many, Christmas and the holiday season were about thriving but surviving. These families were worried about the basics of life. A special present to them consisted of clothes, food, shelter, health care funding, rent money plus other basics. Can you image the impact we could have if everyone "with" gave some of his or her excess to those "without"?
Many promote the commercial spirit of giving at Christmas. I believe all of us should consider promoting philanthropy in a noncommercial way at this time of year. Think about your neighbors, friends and those in need this year. Do something nice without expectation of return. Can you afford to help at least one person this year? Become a Santa, and see how it feels!
I hope you experience the joy of giving and pass that feeling to others. Christmas should not be just another day in December or a reason to shop until you drop. It should be a positive state of mind that is shared throughout the year. Remember the real reason why we are celebrating this holiday. May each of you have a wonderful holiday season with your family. You are making memories that you remember for the rest of your life.
F. Duke Haddad is currently associate director of development, director of campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC in Fishers, Indiana.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 12 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in education administration, master's degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also completed post graduate work at the University of Louisville.