Festive Focus: Combat National Hunger

Being a Christian is not a passive activity, it’s an active state of mind that is necessarily backed up by action, whether that’s attending a weekly service or organising a regular meetup to discuss your faith.

We all live busy, hectic lives, some of us may have families, and the responsibilities that goes along with that can often threaten to completely eclipse every other thought that we have. The daily struggle to get food on the table is one that millions of Americans face, at this time of year it can be beneficial for those lucky few of us who do not have these concerns to consider how we can help out our fellow countrymen.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, offering us the perfect opportunity to take an honest look at how we are exercising our faith and spreading God’s love during this most holy time of the year. As Christmas draws ever closer, you might consider taking part in one of these activities to combat national hunger: 

Volunteer at your local soup kitchen

Soup kitchens exist in cities all across the country, they offer volunteers the opportunity to make a real difference to someone’s day by helping homeless and destitute people get a hot meal. Soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers to help them out, there are dozens of tasks needed to make such a scheme function. One day you may find that you’re sourcing the ingredients needed to cook the food, other times you may be cooking the food or serving it.

Take part in a Christmas shoebox appeal

Christmas shoebox appeals have been a popular form of charity for the last few decades, they offer volunteers the chance to make a child’s Christmas really special, something that we can certainly all appreciate. The premise is simple enough: you take an empty shoebox and then fill it with small gifts for your mystery recipient. You can either choose to send your box off to a delivery centre, or you can go the extra mile and volunteer with the charity and help with the logistics of delivering all these special festive gifts.

Host a festive night of dinner and discussion

Sometimes it can be the simple things that make the difference to your Christmas. If you’re lucky enough to have food to share, then why not share it? By inviting your fellow church members or neighbours around for an evening of food and discussion, you can share your wealth in addition to encouraging meaningful discussion about the issues that are affecting your community and the rest of the country.

Proverbs 22:9//The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.