I was checking Twitter today during lunch break (because I would never do that during work) and noticed Syracuse's own Kim Brown trying to help homeless children and I had to check it out. There is an organization named Forsaken Generation and they are rasing money to throw Christmas parties in many cities for homeless children including Central New York.
As someone who remembers my family struggling as a kid and even now, I can appreciate those who may not have been as fortunate as I was. We may have had government cheese and some years Christmas was small but we had a roof over our heads and a big family to help. I still have memories of waking up those mornings and seeing gifts under my tree and I am horrified that so many children will remember when they not only didn't have a tree or gifts but they didn't have a home. I have a granddaughter now and the thought of her possibly being raised without a home scares me.
It is so easy to complain and blame the politicians or the unions or whatever you may feel is to blame but the one voice that deserves none of the blame are poor children who wake up without a home. I don't care about your religion or politics as that is your personal choice. It's easy to complain about Syracuse and how rough the times are but it can only get better if we help it when we have the chance. I am asking here because I know this is a community that in the past has helped when local kids needed a hand or just wanted to see a game they otherwise could not afford and we stepped up.
I am not sure what we are doing for the holidays this year financially as it has been a rough past couple of years but I had to donate $5 to make sure that those worse off than me are able to get something. I could not have made it many times without a little help from family or friends and I owe it to those who don't have the resources to get help to do what I can, when I can and I hope if you have the means, you will consider it too.
I wear my heart on my sleeve when it comes to Syracuse and all things Orange but the one thing more precious is seeing the smile on the face of an innocent child and knowing you made their day. I hope we can all team together in this season and make some kids actual smile even if it's just for a few minutes. That is our future not only for our country but our future Orangemen and Orangewomen and I hope we can band together and show some #orangepride to make this a special occasion for these struggling children.
Thank you and may you all have a happy holidays.