Twas the day before Thanksgiving break, and all throughout Chalmers, not a student was stirring, it had never been calmer. Westside Food Bank containers were placed around campus with care, in hopes that the Harvard-Westlake community would place canned food there.
It was a lackluster showing and it was very clear, that our community was definitely lacking in holiday cheer. Nevertheless a toy drive was well underway, but as of now it seems as though Camp Harmony will have no gifts for their soiree. It is really quite sad that our giving spirit has shown itself to be rather bad.
At Harvard-Westlake, it is sometimes easy to forget the world outside our gates. We wrap ourselves up in the drama of homework, college applications and extra-curricular activities, rarely considering that there are actually issues beyond 3700 Coldwater Canyon. Letâs consider for a moment, that 14.6% of Los Angelesâ population is considered to live below the poverty line, a number that is made with obsolete and outdated estimations (the real poverty line is supposedly three times the current cutoff).
The fact that we canât bring ourselves to donate canned food for a homeless shelterâs Thanksgiving or a toy for homeless childrenâs holidays reflects poorly on us as a community. It seems as though we ca inconvenience ourselves enough to only bring our books to school, that we donât care enough to make an effort to significantly brighten someoneâs holidays. Participating in the holiday spirit can extend beyond school; the entire city has an opportunities for us to donate our time and resources.
“Maybe Christmas…doesnât come from a store Maybe Christmas, perhaps means a little bit moreâ¦” thinks the Grinch after he stole Christmas from Who-ville. Yes, Mr. Grinch, youâre definitely right.
The holiday season isnât only about getting gifts or a school vacation (though indeed valuable presents).Itâs also about giving; the giving of food to the less fortunate, or the giving of your time by volunteering.
So though we were rather slow on the holiday cheer uptake, letâs have ourselves a rather un-Grinchy winter break.