It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice bless’d;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
Remember when you were a teenager leaving the house on a date? Your parents’ last words as you went out the door were, “We’ll leave the light on for you”. Think about that. So what if they did or didn’t leave the light on? Their words were really more of a verbal hug. They cared about you – wanted you to know it – and applied the hug with kind words.
With Thanksgiving in just a few days, why not take the time to “leave the light on” for someone who may not get many hugs? There’s still time, and it’s easy.
First, learn who needs hugs. Check with your local fire, police, or sheriff’s department. Ask whether they know of three or four families or individuals who could use a hug. Ask also whether they would consider delivering your hugs at the appropriate time. Two groups stand out as needy – the elderly and families with small children. Of course, we’re talking about individuals who are experiencing difficult circumstances in their lives, be they physical or financial.
Next, consider what type of hugs you have to offer. Perhaps you might prepare three or four Thanksgiving turkeys with all the trimmings. Live in the country where people heat their homes with a wood stove? Deliver firewood. Live in a cold climate? Add some warm socks or a sweater to your dinner box. It’s really not that difficult to come up with ideas that would make a difference to your chosen recipients. If you aren’t able to provide “things,” consider visiting with some nursing home residents. Brighten their day by listening for a while.