Family and Friends

You know this time of year I always find my self thinking about family and friends. It is a time to come together and enjoy each other. Not that that shouldn’t be done all year round, but it never seems to happen that way.

Yesterday evening, Natalie and I went over to see Robert. His eyes lit up and sparkled as Natalie walked into the room and said “Robert, how are you?”

He hadn’t seen Natalie in over a month and a huge smile appeared. He replied, “I am fine how are you”.

Here is a man that served in the army and has spent his whole life taking care of himself. He has been used to doing his own cooking and ironing and going out dancing.

He now finds himself in an assisted living facility unable to do the the simplest things, such as bathing himself, dressing himself, choosing and preparing his meals.

Worse yet, all of the employees speak only Spanish. His connection to his past is his TV in his room, which lets him watch some English programming.

At this time of year it is good to think of others that are not as fortunate as we are. It is time to contact some of the worthwhile organizations close to you and see what you can do to help. Time or money is always appreciated.

If you are in the Boquete area consider The Handicap Foundation of Panama. They have done amazing work and the people they help will touch your heart.

Consider Buenos Vecinos de Boquete. I went on a ride in the following post and can tell you they make a huge difference in the families they help.

If you are in Volcan, consider the Volcan Quilters. This organization has made many women independent by teaching them how to sew and make beautiful items.

In David you will find Nutre Hogar, who take malnourished children and restore their health.

You will find Foundación de AMIGOS del Niños con Leucemia y Cancer. They help children that have been stricken with cancer to enjoy another day.

Or do something yourself.

You might ask, what can I as a single individual do. Well look around and you will see many people that could use a helping hand. Look at Tom McCormack and you will see what a single individual can do.

Take the time to remember that our time on this earth is short. Enjoy each day to its fullest and see if you can help someone else enjoy their day just a little more.

Smile at the cashier as she checks you out with your purchases. Tell her to have a great day. “Que tenga a muy buen diá”.

Say the same to the bag boy as he bags your groceries and don’t forget the tip. It is all he will receive in pay today.

If you are not with family this holiday season, adopt a family and make it your own. You will feel better.

Christmas is coming and many just might enjoy theirs a little more because of you kindness.

11 thoughts on “Family and Friends

  1. Thanks, Don – all our local organizations always need more volunteers. Hope your wonderful post encourages more people to come out and lend a helping hand!

  2. Splendid post, Don Ray.
    Just returned home yesterday from a lovely 3 week visit with my family. Missed your blog, glad to be back with my Panamanian friends and updated on our community.
    Happy Hols to you and Lilliam. We must find time to get together in the new year.

  3. Feliz Navidad Don to you and your family! Every year my husband I always help out, especially at Christmas. This year was helping to purchase gifts for the orphanage in David. My heart just melted thinking of those little kids opening their gifts on Christmas. That’s the true meaning of Christmas (and throughout the year)…kindness, love, smiles, hugs and most of all just plain helping out where needed. Doesn’t take much to put a smile on someone’s face and happiness in their heart.

  4. Donna likes to bake. For Christmas she bakes hundreds of fancy cookies, which she gives to all the neighbors, friends and people we do business with. It is a small thing but a big hit with the kids.

  5. Today was one of those days for us in the Comarca sharing some Christmas joy with ~800 who have little joy in their lives. Many hugs from the children and blessings from several abuelitas. We are tired, but oh what a good tired it is!

  6. Don, feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo, para ti y toda tu familia, acá yo horneo más de 60 banana Bread, para las familia in need en mi Iglesia,. Felices fiestas tambien a todos los q leen este mensaje.
    Bendiciones a todos.

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