Were you able to take the time this Holiday season to watch a Charlie Brown Christmas? It is one of those Holiday specials that never seems to get old. Year after year many watch as if it is the first time they have ever seen the special.
You are probably thinking we are now going to talk about the phrase “On Earth, peace, Goodwill toward Men.” Well the Good News? We’re not! Instead think about the tree Charlie Brown picked out.
Everyone made fun of the tree that Charlie Brown chose. Why? It was different. It didn’t fit the “mold” of the traditional tree. But in the end, with a little love and care, the tree was as good or better than many of the others they could have chosen. It always had the potential, it just needed a little help to become great.
Charlie Brown’s tree is not so different from those that we serve at Goodwill. They too have potential. They may have barriers, including disabilities, disadvantages, or many have lost their job due to company closing or layoff, but they have the ability to work, earn a paycheck, and contribute to their community. Goodwill simply provides the training and employment assistance they need to get back to work. Just like the tree, it is simply a hand up, not a hand out that helps our participants live up to their true potential.
So this holiday season, and in the year to come, remember to look beyond the surface. Look for the potential that is within each of us. Help someone achieve their goals and live life to the fullest. Goodwill looks forward to assisting more people in 2012 with employment barriers and we thank you for your support of our mission each and every day.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and “On Earth, peace, Goodwill toward men.”