By: Joey Uva
It’s that season again, the holidays. It’s the time of year when we spend lots of time with family and friends. We exchange gifts, show our love for each other, and eat meals with a sense of joy and merriment.
Last year I wrote a post about having a very lonely Christmas at the age of seventeen when I was living on my own. It was the kindness of an unknown person that showed me that I mattered and got me through that lonely holiday.
That post from last year prompted many people to ask me if I have ever given a Christmas tree to someone in need during the holiday season. Well, those comments inspired me to do something about it and pay it forward. My partner, Trevor, and I donated a Christmas tree to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Youth Center. This year we will be doing the same. This has become our tradition.
It’s important to remember that there are many people less fortunate than ourselves. It only takes a small act of kindness to bring a smile to someone’s face, to let someone know they matter or to help them see a small glimmer of light in a difficult time.
If you have, give. Paying it forward is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself.
Here’s last year’s post, More Than A Christmas Tree: http://thenextfamily.com/2010/12/more-than-a-christmas-tree/