The Lights of Anthem

The Holiday Season is usually associated as being a time of peace, love, and goodwill. Unfortunately for too many people, the holidays can instead be a time of stress, too much commotion, loneliness, and financial instability. This may be especially true today with a poor economy resulting in the loss of jobs, foreclosures, and even bankruptcy for many. Perhaps instead, it is a good time to re-evaluate how we can better use our resources this holiday season.

Albert Schweitzer said, “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” If you look around the community of Anthem, you will see many lights shining. The summer of 2010 found 12 women joining with Habitat for Humanity to begin framing a new home, and the project is now nearing completion. Girl Scout Troop 242 sponsored the Holiday Extravaganza with Santa and Mrs. Claus which was free to families when they donated food items to the local food bank. Water 4 Kids International Baseball Classic is getting ready to sponsor their 2nd Anthem baseball tournament with proceeds going to Uganda, Africa, to build a well for the local villagers. Also local volunteers prepared 150 sack lunches, 150 toiletry bags, and provided and delivered 200 blankets for the homeless in downtown Phoenix. These are just a few examples of the incredible projects going on in our very own community!!

When our lives are not exactly as we had planned them to be, maybe the best thing that we can do for ourselves is to look around and see how we can become the light for someone else. We do not have to spend money we don’t have, but we all have been given various talents and time. That may be the best gift we can give. This holiday season find a worthy cause and become involved. For a town the size of Anthem’s, there is definitely something for everyone. We are so fortunate to live in a community whose light shines for all to see.

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