Let me start by saying, Happy Holidays to all of our devoted followers and to the new members of the fold. I pray that this time of year brings you great joy and a since of fulfillment. This annual Christian holiday gives many a reason to travel to visit with family, some to reevaluate their lives as the year comes to an end, and others cause to shop. I know many of our female readers are waiting to see what Santa has stuffed in their stockings this year. Is there a little blue box under tree? And guys are wondering if they will get the new gaming system, tool-set, or maybe Santa was really generous and brought that new Cadillac EXT. Well ladies and gents, this might have been true two to three years ago. I know many of you are happy to just have this time to share with family and blessed to know that you made it another year without loosing everything you hold dear. Many have lost jobs and had to downsize over the last year. For this reason, I didn’t want to give you another guide with shopping advice or repeat tips on the hottest sales. I have taken BE-Style in a different direction. Staying with last years theme, I am calling this issue – HOLIDAY HEARTS! I felt the need to let you all know that in spite of your current situation, there is always hope for a brighter tomorrow. I wanted to celebrate the efforts of celebrity, international, and community organizations that continuously work to change the lives of others.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Atlanta’s on-air personality and philanthropist, Mr. Frank Ski, also the co-founder and creator of the Frank Ski Kids Foundation. My eyes were opened to the difference experience and exposure can make in the life of a student with drive, passion and talent. Just a few hundred miles up the eastcoast, the fashionably conscious are gifting while shopping on Madison Avenue. Kathy de Meij revealed to me, the importance of The Children’s Aid Society of New York City amazing day of shopping. The organization is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year with the Miracle on Madison Avenue shopping event. The combination of countless volunteers, supportive retailers, and holiday shoppers flood the pavement of Madison Avenue where 20% of the day’s sales are donated to help the Children’s Aid Society provide health care to families throughout the communities and schools of New York City. Lastly, UNICEF has done it again this year. “Several of U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s corporate partners have created special product offerings or other creative options to help UNICEF in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 24,000 per day to zero.” I personally found it a privilege to know that persons are helping those in dire situations through selfless acts of charity. So regardless of your current state, there is always someone doing worse. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5) Be grateful for the blessings bestowed upon and remember that we all can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.