Thursday, December 23, 2010

A New Tradition

We have reflected on how grateful we are to have a roof over our heads and food on the table despite financial struggles that it seems like so very many people are experiencing at times in this economy. This Christmas we wanted to do something special to teach our children to be kind and compassionate and grateful that our basic needs are met. There are many people in the world who do not have their basic needs met. Greg had the idea to take a meal to homeless people, not through an organization, just as simple as finding one or two of the regular homeless people that are sure to be found in certain places around the Triangle. For example, there is always a homeless person or two on the corner of Hwy 64 and Fayetteville road near South Point Mall. There is also always a homeless person on the corner of Hwy 54 and Chapel Hill Road. We pass that way at least once a month and sometimes when we remember to bring them, we hand snacks out of the window. Well, today at lunch time Greg took the kids up toward South Point and sure enough there was a homeless man on the corner. Then they drove to Chili's Restaurant and ordered a hot meal. Monterey Chicken with mashed potatoes and veggies and a giant coke. They drove back and found the man again and the kids held it out of the window shouting "Merry Christmas!!" At first the homeless person didn't know what they were trying to give him. Then Parker said "We have a meal for you!" The homeless man smiled and said "Thank you, Thank you." It made the kids feel very happy and good to give him a meal and to feel the Christmas spirit. :)


KQ said...

I love it!

Gail said...

How sweet! You guys are so neat and set such a good example for all of us. Have a great Christmas!