The holidays are a time of year a lot of people reflect on what they have and what they are thankful for. (After all, Thanksgiving has the word “thanks” in the name!) Christmas and Hannukah have always symbolized the gift of giving to loved ones and spending quality time with them. One of the greatest gifts I can think of is the gift of giving. Not only do I work for Titus Contracting LLC, I volunteer with several area charities, and one of my favorites is the Life Hurts program at Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, MN.
Hurts is a youth-oriented program that meets once a week at Hosanna!
Church. This support group centers around at-risk teens and youths who
need a strong guiding hand to stay on the right path in life. The issues
these young ones are dealing with are everything from divorcing parents
to eating disorders to abuse and addiction. We meet and talk about what
they are going through, and the end result is healing and hope. This
program is one of the main reasons I believe in the gift of giving.
Sure, I am giving these youths the gift of my time and myself, but,
really I feel like I am the one receiving a gift. These teens are going
through some very rough times, and I want to be there to support them
and show them healthy coping strategies.
There is an event Life
Hurts hosts called the “Feed My Starving Children” program. Other
volunteers and I made more than 13,000 meals that will help feed 30
hungry children for one year! An hour and a half of our time made a huge
difference in 30 lives: that thought makes my head spin sometimes!
can extend the gift of giving in many ways. You can volunteer like I
do, but even something as simple as giving a homeless person a sandwich
or cup of coffee can help immensely – possibly even more than you can
see with your naked eye. Or if a friend or family member looks depressed
or upset, lend an ear. Sometimes, just sitting with a person and
listening to him or her vent is more than enough. I have learned through
my work with the Life Hurts program that sometimes the simple act of
listening is the gift that keeps on giving.
Scott Rajavuori is the manager of design, sales and marketing for Titus Contracting LLC, a commercial and home remodeling company located in Savage, Minn.