We are reminded of the importance of giving during the holiday season. Giving is not only good for the spirit, but it can be good for those who are recipients of one's gifts and kind thoughts, as it can clearly provide a lift for many.
An even nicer feeling is when the expectation and anticipation of something good happening actually does happen, as is the case yesterday, December 23rd.
Members of the Loganville-Conyers (Sigma Eta Lambda) chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., along with members of the LEAD Foundation and student volunteers, are able to make the first of their multiple deliveries of teddy bears and other stuffed animals as part of the ABC2 Project. In taking time out at Snellville Pediatrics (Eastside Medical Center), they are able to provide an encouraging word and spend time with the youth patients, their families, friends, and other staff.
"This is the third consecutive year we have done this holiday program", notes Joe Lee, one of the program coordinators. "In addition to members of our chapter, the LEAD Foundation, and our students (including some from Decatur High School)", our community partners and other concerned individuals are helping us to reach back and help others".
As in previous years, the collections and donations from the ABC2 Project are then distributed in person to area children's hospitals and clinics. In previous years, visits to Hughes-Spalding Children's Hospital and Scottish Rite are among the venues visited.
"Given the level of donations, we may extend our deliveries and visits into the month of January to extend the holiday cheer, along with helping others get their new year started on a positive note", adds Lee.
Giving of your time and talents is something that can benefit the community in multiple ways, shapes, and forms. While the holiday season is an opportune time to do so, opportunities exist throughout the year. Examples such as the ABC2 Project exemplify that a simple and sincere gesture can go a long way.
More importantly, it can make the holidays (or any day) that much more "bear"able.