It gets cold here in the Nevada desert. Currently, our little corner of the state is experiencing some of the coldest weather in recorded history. We've been under a hard freeze warning the last couple nights, and it's expected to be cold again tonight with the temperature dipping into the teens.
Now by Nebraska standards, low temperatures in the teens is a minor inconvenience I know. But around here it's a nightmare for some folks. Many people don't know about the damage of freezing pipes, and plumbers are working nearly around the clock repairing broken, leaky pipes.
We don't have much for trees in our yard other than a couple Palo Verde's, but we have cactus and after a little research we quickly discovered that several varieties we have are not native to the Mojave desert where we live and can freeze. So we've had to cover our non native varieties to try and keep them from freezing, along with insulating exposed pipes.
The cold weather brings news of crowded homeless shelters, and pleas for financial help for food and clothing. According to one source, there are 7000 homeless children alone in Clark County (Las Vegas and surrounding suburbs). Homelessness around these parts can be seen on the streets of Las Vegas, and it's a sorrowful site to me.
In your neck of the woods, the issues of poverty are a lot less noticeable. I think most folks in need around there tend to hide their struggles. When we lived there, I heard of folks traveling miles to distant food banks to avoid being seen seeking assistance. How sad that folks feel they have to hide like that.
Jesus birth is the reason for the season and today I'll just ask you to remember the reason you are buying those Christmas gifts. I bet you agree He would rather you helped someone less fortunate than buy the latest gizmo or sought after toy for your kids.
I hope as you pass that Salvation Army red kettle with the volunteer bell ringer freezing their butt off, you'll dig deep to help someone that really needs it. Donate some food to the local food bank. Throw some extra in the church collection plate. There is a lot of unseen need... please try and be generous.
Help make this Christmas season more joyful for someone that needs it, you'll be glad you did!
Merry Christmas McCook!