Every December, our family has chosen names off charity trees and bought presents for needy kids and families. But this act of giving felt hollow.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to give Christmas gifts to kids, but I remember the look on a mom’s face as she opened the door to accept the gifts I was delivering. She bowed her head, grabbed the bag – avoiding any eye contact. A look of shame spread across her face.
Our act of generosity may have met an immediate need, but it didn’t solve anything long term. She is still, several years later, living in poverty – and she’s not alone.
None of us want to believe that our help isn’t actually helping, but what if it isn’t?
What if our contributions aren’t empowering people to leave a harmful situation, distancing them even further from employment and a life of opportunity?