Letter: Give to those in need and be blessed

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 11:28 PM

Editor,

Looking back over the past month, I have had the opportunity to attend a couple of events that have made me more grateful.

One event was attending the Veterans Day celebration. So many people in our community turned out from babies to our eldest to show our gratitude to our veterans and to honor those who gave all. It was a sobering moment. The gun salute spoke volumes. The price of freedom is not free. I shook hands with as many veterans as I could and thanked them for their service to our country. It was a beautiful day. Tears did flow, but still a beautiful day.

Another event was to attend the Winterfest celebration for the first time. I have always had to work before this year. I was able to attend with two of friends and some awesome children. (It was) fun for the whole community. Friends hugging. Children bouncing around in the bouncy houses. There was a simple pleasure just being amidst the laughter, gleeful chatter and joyful music.

With the Thanksgiving holiday just passing, my mind is still reflecting on the blessings in my life for which I am grateful.

Memories keep your heart full of those we always cherish. A simple posting of a Christmas tree picture on Facebook opened a flood of memories. A small token of friendship in the form of a tag done on parchment paper with calligraphy writing has become an ornament. I have the same token on my tree. A gift made with love. I am grateful for the love of friends.

With the approaching of Christmas just around the corner, my heart is so full of gratitude and memories of a special friend, my brother, Jeff, who passed away three years ago.

He loved the Christmas season. Every year he would write a letter to the editor asking the community to open their hearts to the less fortunate and give to some of the charities in our area such as Toys for Tots, the food pantry, Salvation Army and the Santa Fund.

The Santa Fund was my brother's favorite charity. It had a special place in his heart. He loved his community, especially the children. The Santa Fund is an exceptional charity for it helps those here in Sevier County. Your donation can be in honor or in memory of someone special in your life. We are blessed to have such a charity in our community.

If we can open our hearts and bring some Christmas joy to those in need, I know we will all be blessed. May our hearts and homes be full of the light of hope.

As the Bible says: "and to Godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 1:7-8)

May each of you have a merry Christmas and a new year full of blessings. God bless each of you.

Michele A.C. Saas

Sevierville