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Holidays not picture perfect for everyone

By China Sellers
On December 3, 2008

It's supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. From flashing lights, to hearty food, to blankets of fresh white snow covering the ground, it's a picture-perfect image of the world, better known as "The Holidays."
But for many people the holidays can be the saddest and most depressing time of the year.
Over the course of twelve months, thousands of people have lost their jobs all around the country. Detroit has been hit especially hard, as the automotive industry continues its struggle to regain financial solvency. Thousands more have lost their homes as a result of foreclosure.
The reality of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, for some, means opening a can of SPAM and feeding a family of four. It means having to turn on an oven to heat the home or explaining to the children why there are no gifts underneath the Christmas tree.
Often times, I find myself wanting to give back more than I can afford. But giving back doesn't require millions of dollars.
It's as easy as donating old clothes or giving away canned goods. It's as easy as doing service learning when it's not required for a class. And it's as easy as smiling back at a homeless person, whom you normally would pass.
As warm as the holidays may feel for many, it can be very cold for others. By taking just a little time out of your day to give back, you could change someone's life.
Not everyone who ends up homeless, jobless or hungry has made a series of bad decisions to get there. In many cases, people have experienced a series of misfortunes.
I live by the saying "Give and it will come back to you," because it really does come back - and in more ways than one.
I would like to encourage every student at UDM to give back this holiday season because you never know when you might be the one in need of a helping hand.

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