Americans are what I call a “secret Santa nation”. We give and often anonymously.
The same hard nosed conservative preaching austerity also quietly feeds the homeless or pays distressed home owners utility bills.
President Ronald Reagan would secretly send people money who wrote the White House about their challenges. Typical of the Greatest Generation, he reached into his wallet instead of tax payers pockets to help others.
Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, gave decades and millions assisting others as part of his faith.
My folks were moderate-conservative Democrats, the kind you don’t see anymore ( LOL ). Faith, family and hard work was what they daily demonstrated.
I try to take their love and pass it along in my ” Cap Black, The Hood Conservative ” outreach effort. We can either grumble about problems or address them.
“Micro good” is my name for this.
It means doing what you can, instead of doing nothing because you’re not a government agency or big name charity.
My folks also helped people in need. Shortly before her sudden death ( to me, not God ), my mother bought my grandmother and all her nursing home friends the Christmas dinner of their choice. I was overwhelmed and told her so. This feast was purchased by her tax refund. Y’know…the pittance government allows us to keep from our annual involuntary contribution to bureaucracy.
She died shortly thereafter, I understand now it was her classy way of saying goodbye without worrying anyone. I was raised by a family who “stepped in”.
In this vein, I follow the exploits of various Secret Santas closely. Disguised business men nationally surprise people with cash, under the watchful eye of “elves” from active duty and retired law enforcement.
Capitalism gets a bad rap but it also provides funding to make this possible. One of the greatest rewards of business success is helping others. It’s the icing on the cake for market place risk.
America is a secret Santa nation… and not just around Christmas time.
Google the phrase “secret Santa” and enjoy!
Dedicated to a Secret Santa who surprised me today!
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
” Be your OWN Superhero!”