A Season of Giving: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:00 AM
OK, I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who LOVES the holidays! I truly enjoy all the decorations, the food and festivities, the snow, the music (although for the sake of my marriage, I hold off on the Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving), and especially sharing special moments with my family. But most of all, I love the holidays because it is a season of giving. I’m keenly aware that the holidays can also be an extra difficult time, however. Magnified this time of year is the loss of loved ones, personal struggles and difficulties, and the faces of those less fortunate and in need.
For as long as I can remember, my largest passion has been simply to help others. Although I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to be when I grew up, at college I quickly found a major that was right up my alley, and I graduated with a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in family life and community service.
Now at BSM, I’ve truly found a home as my values closely mirror the company’s, including one of BSM’s top core values — “to serve others.” There are many ways we serve in the choices we make each day. For example, how we choose to interact with one another. In the more traditional sense, our company and employees are also moved to act whenever an opportunity to help others or give back presents itself throughout the year. However, Christmastime is what I consider to be the pinnacle of “giving” at BSM.
At this time of year, the generosity of our company is showered on employees in a myriad of ways, while employees pool resources for gifts for our CEO and VP in appreciation of all they do for us as the leaders of our company. Perhaps most importantly, each Christmas our company also has an amazing tradition of rallying together to give toward one specific cause or organization. For the past few years, we’ve chosen to “adopt” a family in need through a local community foundation. The family is anonymous; we only know the number of family members. We are provided with a “wish list” of items the family really needs (usually basics like shoes, coats, and clothing). Through the generosity of our employees, we are able to go above and beyond, making the family’s Christmas truly magical — one they will always remember.
This year at BSM, I was honored to be able to help more administratively with these giving efforts. In this role, I’ve witnessed firsthand the generosity of all who make up our small company. I have been humbled, inspired, and filled with gratitude by what I’ve experienced! In reflection of their truly generous nature, our CEO and VP asked that we "pay it forward" by giving to organizations or causes close to their hearts, in lieu of our gifts to them. Several employees shared that their own families have chosen to “adopt” or sponsor other children or families in need this Christmas. Spouses of employees are encouraging their own coworkers to get together and give back in other ways. It is no coincidence that serving and giving is contagious. In addition to helping others, it just makes you feel good, too!
As the speed of life also seems to pick up during this time of year, in our own busyness let’s not forget to take time to reflect on our own blessings and to share our gifts with others. The ripples of good are unmeasurable; you never know how BIG your little contribution just may be to someone.
YOUR TURN: How do you plan to give back this holiday season? Please leave your response in the comment section below. Thank you, and happy holidays.