Christmas 'tis the season to reflect on the events of life. This year as Iowans we were wading and holding on through disasters like no other in our lifetime. Whether it was the state wide floods, the devastation in Parkersburg, or the current economic crisis, we can be thankful that next year we will be more prepared to face whatever comes our way. I honestly believe we go through certain things to make us stronger and make us better aware of the circumstances around us.
Listening to Christmas music has been cliche to me in the past, but this year I found myself really listening to the words of a Josh Groban song "Thankful" off his Christmas CD. The premise of the song is obviously to be thankful for the ability to give and live for others and to help those in need. So many churches, organizations and individuals in the area give every year.
ICAS ( Independent Child Advocate Services, Inc.) has taken a lead role in the effort known as, The Flood of Hope, an organiaztion that has been established to help those effected by the floods in Vinton, Benton County and surrounding county's and communities. They took in donations during the summer to provide people with the basics like clothing, food and appliances. This past Monday, Dec. 22 they held a toy give away for the families in need. For information about ICAS call Brenda at (319) 472-4501
The Harvest Valley Ministry Center in Vinton with donations of food, clothes and toys make it easier for struggling families to have a better Christmas. Their mission also is to provide basic necessities for those less fortunate to help them have better lives year round and give them the hope that someday they too can pass on the giving to others in need. For more information or to donate contact, LaNette Parker at 319-521-1496.
The ground is white, our memories are everlasting and our dreams rich with hope. Merry Christmas from BCLife.