This very special day, #GivingTuesday, will greatly assist our organization in feeding families and providing holiday cheer and gifts to children at this time of year. I first became associated with the Southfield Goodfellows nearly 10 years ago. I saw an ad in a local newspaper, asking for volunteers to help distribute food and gifts to families in need during the Christmas holiday season. My son and I arrived that snowy December morning and were assigned as gift runners. We greeted a young mother and her son and told them we’d be right with them. We returned with a bicycle and a twin size mattress set. The woman’s reaction was priceless. With tears streaming down her face, she hugged and thanked us over and over. But then reality set in, she had no way to get the gifts home. So, we loaded them into my SUV and followed her to her apartment. On the living room floor was a pallet of blankets; the place where the little boy had been sleeping. Again, I choked back tears as we brought the gifts into the room. You just don’t realize how badly people in your own neighborhood are getting-by during these tough times until you see it first-hand. Another woman came in the building wearing a thin jacket and flip-flop sandals. Michigan winters are harsh. There are bitter cold temperatures and lots of snow. I truly wanted to give her the coat and boots I was wearing, but I was afraid that I’d embarrass her. I handed her a bag of gifts for her children. She wished me a “Merry Christmas” and hugged me so tightly. There are countless stories like these. People are hurting and lacking in many areas. It’s our responsibility to help our fellow man. It’s just the right thing to do.