Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hellenists Giving Back This Holiday Season

The Maxims of Delphi teach us to give what we get. If someone has done good for you, you should do good for them. If one has done you a favor, you owe them one yourself. It's a simple system of kindness and generosity. So I'd like to tell my own story about how I am giving back this holiday year as a Hellenist and why it coincides with what the Maxims have taught me.

When I was a child, I was very poor. We didn't have a lot of money or even basic things that were needed for our survival and comfort at times, so it was a very rare occasion that I actually got what I wanted for the holidays. That's not to say that I never did, but a good majority of the time, I didn't. However, I remember once during the holiday season, I was taken to the local high school where I was given a whole bunch of toys free of charge. I can only conclude that I must have qualified for some holiday charity program for children that my family applied for and it was granted. I remember being very happy and excited to see that I was getting so many toys. I don't remember if there was anything I specifically wanted, but there were still people good enough to donate to my holiday happiness, and I have never forgotten it.

Today, I found an opportunity to give back to another child or children what I was once given. There's a charity program going around the community in a local town about twelve miles from my home, that asks people to essentially sponsor poor and needy children in the area and buy them gifts who would otherwise have none. The card I received today was for a little boy and a list of things he wanted, so I will be going to buy those for him soon and hand them over to the proper parties who run the charity. I felt it to be my duty in accordance with the Maxims, a Hellenist and a human being, because I was once given this myself, and therefore, I have an obligation to return it to another child. 

This is but one way you can fulfill your religion as a Hellenist this year. I am also having quite a bit of success with my annual food drive, known as Demeter's Drive, so that's going to feed a lot of needy people, children included. There are lots of things you can do as a Hellene to help the poor and needy and spread goodness, light and hope for people this season, and I hope all of you will. 

In the Goodness of the Dodekatheon,

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