by Tim O’Hare
‘Tis the season for giving. And for giving back. Service to the community is an important value we carry all year ‘round at The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare. At Christmas time, it’s especially important.
The holiday seasons are a difficult time for many in our community. From illness to financial problems, to simply being alone — for many people, Christmas time isn’t filled with the joy that it should be. We strive to do our part to help bring the joy of the season back for some of those who may not otherwise have a joyous Christmas.
At the Dallas Chapter of the Christian Legal Society (where I currently serve as Chapter President), our Christmas project this year was participating in Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship Angel Tree ministry to children with one or both parents incarcerated during Christmas. My law firm decided to adopt a family through this program. Everyone at the firm voluntarily agreed to participate. As a firm, we will provide Christmas presents to one local Carrollton family. With three children and a mother who will spend Christmas in prison, the children’s father is struggling to provide for his kids. We are coming alongside him to ensure that his kids have a merry Christmas this year, regardless of their circumstances.
To learn more about the program or to find out how you can get involved, visit prisonfellowship.org or contact me directly. I would be more than happy to share with you how you can participate in this ministry to provide a joyous Christmas to children in our community.
In addition to the Angel Tree, my family will attend the annual Christmas program at our church, First Baptist Carrolton. This year’s production, Two From Galilee shares the story of Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem before Christ’s birth. This is a Broadway quality production!
Attending the production is free, as a gift from the church to the community. Each year, First Baptist Carrollton operates The Christmas Store. The Christmas Store is a place where the less fortunate can receive Christmas gifts for their children for free. Church members and others from the community donate brand new gifts for needy families to choose from when “shopping” for their children.
If you would like to experience a top-notch Christmas production while supporting our community, consider attending Two From Galilee this holiday season and making a donation, either a money donation or unopened, new gifts for children from birth to age 18.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason we are able to have hope and joy. We make it a priority to share that hope with those around us by giving back to our community. I encourage you to find a way to give back to your local community this holiday season — whether through a program like Angel Tree, The Christmas Store or by volunteering at a nearby shelter or food pantry.