One of the reasons I love Christmas is because of the increase in goodwill folks seem to have for each other during this time of the year.
It’d be nice if we could all capture a little bit of this outpouring of care and love to use throughout the rest of the year. But hey, I’ll take what I can get.
A great example of the type of kindness America desperately needs more of comes from New Jersey where an upstanding citizen decided to completely deck out his terminally ill neighbor’s home with Christmas lights. How she reacts will melt the heart of even the toughest Grinch.
Six-year-old Lily LaRue Anderson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. While she has outlived her expectations, she has spent more time in the hospital than at school.
That’s where neighbor Craig Tkaczenko steps in.
Tkaczenko, who owns a Christmas decorating company, volunteered to decorate the home with lights and Christmas decorations for Lily’s homecoming.
What a fantastic way to make this little girl’s Christmas celebration super special!
While the news is full of all kinds of turmoil and unrest on a number of issues involving politics, race relations, and a whole other host of problems, let’s not forget that Americans are also some of the most kind, gentle, and generous folks on the planet.
This is the kind of thing that makes me proud to be from this country, and I hope this act of kindness will inspire others around the nation to find ways they can impact the life of someone in their neighborhood or local community. Demonstrations of love and care are the strongest and most effective way to change the world.