, Muskogee, OK

December 3, 2012

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Donations, purchases should reflect Jesus

— The major attention at Christmas is the thought of giving and getting.

Why is not more thought and planning given to selecting gifts which honor that “Birthday Boy,” Jesus? This person gave a supreme gift unmatched by any earthly gifts no matter the amount.

Consider the business known as Sears Department store and their gift in support of our military personnel for years. As long as the war has lasted, Sears hasn’t withdrawn from their commitment to their employees who serve in the military. Sears holds their jobs open and available, paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs.

Bill Thorn, Sears Customer Care official, verified this employee commitment, saying, “Sears regards service to our country as one of the greatest sacrifices our military men and women can make.” Could we each buy at least one thing at Sears this Christmas and throughout the year as well? Be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the feedback it deserves.

As you open your pocketbooks for assisting with donations for Christmas or the next natural disaster, ask how much of the donation ever makes it to the needy ones.

Remember that the American Red Cross president-CEO got a salary for 2011 of $951,957 and expenses. The United Way president receives $675,000 base salary and numerous expense benefits. UNICEF CEO receives $1.9 million annually, plus all expenses and a Rolls Royce; less than 5 cents per donated dollar goes to the cause. The Salvation Army Commissioner’s annual salary is $13,000 plus housing for managing this $2 billion organization so that 96 percent of donated dollars goes to their causes.

Remember that the national commanders of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans Association and the Military Order of Purple Hearts — all receive zero salary so that your donations all go to their respective causes to help veterans and their families and youth.

May our donations this year say a resounding “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”