January 9, 2009
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ver this Christmas holiday tworiends o mine told me theirstories o wanting to lend ahelping hand to a needy child through alocal church, but they could not aordto help! I was told that the items onthese needy children’s “wish lists” werefnancially out o reach or the would-begivers. Te churches did not even oeranother way or them to help i they could not aord the pricey gits.Tis is outrageous.Tese children were asking or (andexpecting) high-ticket items such as X-Box 360s and ten gear bicycles. Tese would be out o my budget as well. Iconsider mysel your typical middle-income person, as are my riends. Wecertainly are blessed and don’t lack orour basic needs. However, especially in these lean economic times, we haveto reign in the purse strings and deny ourselves many o our past luxuries.Even respected Christian fnancialadvisors such as Dave Ramsey and Larry Burkett teach us to be “good stewards” o our fnances. What kind o example are wesending when we are entertaining theseextravagant wishes?Please don’t misunderstand me, Ilove helping people who are in needand the Bible teaches us that we are tobe the hands and the eet and the hearto Jesus and his representatives here onEarth. In act, since both Jerey andI did not have amily in town, we endedup spending our time at the VeteransHospital visiting and praying with thosebrave soldiers who, like us, did not haveamily with whom to share Christmas.It did not cost us a dime and it really helped others in need eel loved.My question is, how do some o these Christian charity organizationsdefne “needy?” Is giving to someone who simply might not be as well o asthe “Jones’” a need, or are we becomingenablers by ulflling these extravagant wishes?Tere was many a childhoodChristmas or me where the child nextdoor received more than I and yet I stillhad plenty. Tere’s always going to besomeone who has more than we do. Whatever happened to the simplethings in lie that used to give us great joy? A ministry such as OperationChristmas Child, which Ashley RiverBaptist participates in, asks participantsto fll a shoebox with some wonderulnecessities like shampoo, toothbrushes,and modest toys, and then give themto children who normally have NONEo these things. Tis is more my understanding o being a blessing tosomeone. Wouldn’t we as the Churchbetter serve those who might not haveas much as the “Jones’” i we were leadby example and teach the parents goodstewardship so they in turn could passthis onto their children? Wouldn’t we be serving these children better by demonstrating true love by showing them just how valuable they are, how smartthey are, how loved they are and spenda little time with them, rather than justgiving them extravagant, overpricedpossessions?Te ormer represents more o the truemeaning o Christmas than the latter.Couldn’t we take these less ortunatechildren out Christmas caroling, to anursing home, to a Christmas pageant,or a multitude o other things thatcould show what the true meaning o Christmas is? Ten maybe those o us who want to bless someone can do so,and in turn get blessed as well!
About the writers.Dr. Jackie McKool, a resident o the West Ashley Community in CharlestonCounty is a local Christian chiropractor who is a volunteer or local charities and ministries in South Carolina. You cancontact Dr. McKool at (843) 571-6440 or firstname.lastname@example.org Jerey Knighton, also a resident o the West Ashley Community in CharlestonCounty, has been a leader in many community outreach programs or over 14 years. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration inPublic and Non-Proft Organizational Behavior and Structure. You can contact Mr. Knighton at (804) 874-0620 or JKnightonConsulting@gmail.com
Have we lost the meaningof Christmas?
By DR. JACKIE MCKOOL AND JEffREy KNIGHtON MPA.
egare Farms is nowoering shares in theirCommunity Supported Agriculture or CSA programor the 2009 year. A CSA is a way or the ood buying publicto create a relationship with aarm and to receive a weekly basket o produce. By makinga fnancial commitmentto a arm, the community helps to support the arm asthe crops are being grown.Members help pay or seeds,ertilizer, water, equipment,maintenance, labor, etc. Inreturn, the arm provides,to the best o its ability, ahealthy supply o seasonalresh produce throughout thegrowing season. By becominga CSA member, you help tocreate a responsible relationshipbetween the ood you eat, theland on which it is grown andthose who grow it.Tis is the second year thatLegare Farms is oering itsCSA program. Te frst yearo the CSA was extremely successul or both thearm and the participatingmembers. “Tis was a wonderul experience or us,”says arm owner Helen Legare.“We met some great peopleand were able to build lietimerelationships with many o ourmembers.” Legare Farms alsooers shares in their antibioticand hormone ree bee. Shares will cost $355 each or thevegetable CSA. Shareholders will receive produce or 15 weeks starting in May andending mid December with abreak mid summer. Startingand ending dates are weatherdependent. Shareholders willreceive approximately hal abushel o produce which willcontain some ruits, but mostly vegetables. Legare Farms oersfve drop locations to pick upthe produce. Te locations arein North Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, MountPleasant, and Legare Farmson River Road, Johns Island.Other location may be addedor 2009. Shareholders havethe opportunity to purchasemeat, eggs, pickles, jams, andsalsas when they arrive at thedrop locations.
Anyone interested in becoming a shareholder in Legare Farms CSA should call 843-559-0788 or e-mail legarearms@ bellsouth.net
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