It's great to see people helping people during the holidays or any time. Giving food to military families...Or seeing military members delivering trees to families. The media likes these kind of stories as they are warm, visual and easy to cover.
Funny thing about food. Is it really something folks in uniform need given to them ? Or is it something we like to do to make us feel better.
I heard someone the other day ask why local stores don't offer 10% off for local people.
I don't like to see the populace so segmented by retail marketing or by application of charity efforts.
Sometimes during the holidays, its not a can of corn that you need but the company and affection of others. People feel left out emotionally. The guy panhanding at the Nice and Easy. The older person left stranded by families that have moved on.
Charity begins at home and making sure those closest to us are content is important. Family, coworkers, employees, neighbors. Sometimes we pass by people in need on our way to help others we don't even know need help.