Holidays promise cheer to the rich, poor

As college students, the upcoming holidays give us a lot to look forward to: a chance to wind down, catch up on school work and binge-watch television shows while we gulp home-made food to hold us until the next break.

They give our minds a little break and peace from whatever occupies them.

We forget, however, what some of these breaks really mean. While we may be spending these holidays in a cozy home with family and friends, others may be spending them in a soup kitchen or on the streets looking for some comfort.

While the holiday season is one that holds the promise of rest for the fortunate few, it is also a promise of charity for those who are not as privileged to have a roof over their heads or a blanket on their beds.

We, as students, have a lot to be thankful for. While we may not recognize it, we are –or should be—thankful for being in school, for eating more than one meal a day and most of all, we are thankful for having dorms and houses to shelter us.

In this holiday season, let’s make it a point to help others find what they’re thankful for. Let’s contribute to the efforts on campus – and around the city or our hometowns – to make this holiday season brighter and more cheerful for to those who do not have others to celebrate it with or a place to celebrate it in.

This week is Hunger and Homelessness Week on campus. Food and clothing drives are in full gear and the chance of making a difference in someone’s life is no more than a step away.

Let’s make it a point not to be idle during the week and holiday season and give people a chance to be thankful for our assistance.