It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It is also the time when I lost my father… Three years later, the pain is still raw. As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, grief does not dissipate over time; it simply lodges itself in a corner, shows up uninvited, soothingly whispering to you to not mind it, to just keep going.
Giving in my father's memory keeps me going, so I donate every chance I can. But this year, I thought why not start a fundraiser for an urgent cause, and invite all my friends to come onboard and give in memory of someone special they have lost. What could be more urgent than the crisis in Yemen, a "humanitarian catastrophe," according to UN aid officials, where close to 18 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, over half-a-million children are severely malnourished, and there are close to a million suspected cases of Cholera?!
I have over 700 friends on Facebook, and if each one of them donated just $10, that’s over $7000! While we are rushing around this holiday season, buying expensive gifts for our kids, let us take a moment to give to those less fortunate than us, because no matter what faith you identify with, giving remains the one true act of worship.