A Little Generosity Can Go a Long Way This Christmas Season

| December 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s almost impossible to tell people to enjoy the Christmas and holiday season without getting a look of, “Are you kidding?

That’s because we make this the time of the year to pack as much activity in to our lives as possible. Shopping tops the list, with parties and decorating following.

However, if we allow ourselves to be reflective of the season, no matter what our religion, we might be able to take time to relax and be present at the moment, to take in what we are meant to be doing.

We should be enjoying each other and the gifts of kindness and goodwill. In this issue of the Presidio Sentinel, there are several organizations that have initiated events to do exactly that, to create and spread goodwill. Toys for Joys on page three is a reminder of what our generosity can accomplish. Last year, this program donated 21,927 toys to needy children and 11,812 bags of groceries to families across the country.

We applaud Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock Church who began this program 21 years ago. His vision and commitment, and the effort of the church, have created lots of goodwill this season of giving.

Then on page 11, the Wacky Wonky Wonderland event is also a program to spread goodwill and generosity. Admission to this event is a new unwrapped toy or $25 gift card to benefit the San Diego Center for Children.

What child doesn’t want to have a new gift on Christmas? This organization is dedicated to making this a special season of giving.

Also on this year’s “nice” list is Belmont Park. You are invited to experience the joyous season by the beach as the park transforms with a festive beach-style winter spirit and activities. In partnership with The Salvation Army, Belmont Park will participate in a Free Ride Toy Drive from Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16. With a donation of one unwrapped, brand new toy, guests will receive one free ride of choice. Toys must have a minimum $5 value to redeem a free ride. One ride per person is offered upon redemption.

As you can see, we can be joyful and enjoy the holiday season of giving and goodwill while doing acts of kindness for those in need.

At the same time, throughout this issue, you will see some of the extremely exciting events that that various groups and organizations have prepared to share with the community, including “The Nutcracker” performed by the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, the Hanukkah and Menorah Lighting ceremony at Liberty Station, Jingle Ball at the San Diego Zoo, Santa and skating at Liberty Station, Las Posadas in Old Town San Diego, and “A Christmas Carol” at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town.

There is much to do this season. So, take time to gift others in need, as well as enjoy the fruits of their labors and the goodwill of those who want to make this a joyous Christmas and holiday season.

The Salvation Army donates to those in need throughout the holidays because of your contributions.

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