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Published:December 21st, 2007 05:10 EST
Christmas Love At Risk

Christmas Love At Risk

By Deremiah *CPE (Mentor/Columnist)

Wrapping paper torn.  Bows scattered across the floor.  These are the remnants of gifts and presents left by donors who care for a tradition that happens every year.  At Glenwood school for boys and girls’ real memories for children from single-family homes are few and often riddled with violence, neglect or emotional suffering.  The most interesting part of it all is that Christmas is more than a few days away and laughter still fills the air.  Here, there are children with beautiful names that matter but even when they're mentioned in a fast-paced world, no one remembers.  Often because the name that get’s remembered most is the one that marketers created to gain a position at the top of our minds and that name is Children At Risk.  So why would you remember a Glenwood School child's name without a personal opportunity to see and hear them in real time?  Why is their Christmas a love at risk? It seems love is the most under rated gift given this holiday season.  Try searching through the green and scarlet paper wrappings and you'll find many hints of love memories fading fast.  The laughter, the joy and the happiness are all reflections of love.  A love that once filled this empty room but has now faded.  Most Glenwood school students know this room as the Great Room.  It is a space that was built in the spirit of gathering the family in one central room.  There the children gather to do their chores, their homework and eventually many hang out here for leisure during the evening hours.  Each structure like this at Glenwood cost nearly a million dollars to build.  But without the proper support from compassionate friends in the St. Charles, Illinois community Glenwood would be at risk.

Dozens of miles away from Glenwood these children are in attendance at the boys and girls school because of absentee fathers, separation, divorce, bad neighborhoods or poor grades.  There's nothing really wrong with these children that a gift of love could not easily solve.  Sometimes that gift of love enters their lives through the presence of a volunteer, tutor or a dedicated donor.  With a little love, it's possible for them to attend this private school that can cost nearly $28,000.00 a year.   

You might be amazed at how little love you get with each gift you open this holiday season.  Remember with all the money in the world real genuine love cannot be purchased.  After we've all collectively spent hundreds or thousand of dollars this Christmas buying wristwatches, bathrobes, shoes and jewelry we may very well find that our love for one another is still too short.  Is your Christmas at Risk because you need a little love?

While Christmas is known as a festive time, there are a lot of people who will be homeless, elderly people and children who will be neglected this holiday season.  Think about the vast numbers of people who will trade gifts but hit hollowness in their heart when they think about the love one passed who they cannot turn to and give a gift this season.  Many of us are moving so fast that our numbness won't be awakened until we hit the bathroom... (Generally, the only place we can consistently go to have a moment alone).  How sad to think that this Christmas for many Love will be at risk. 

Here are 3 things you can do this Christmas to keep your love from being at risk:

1. Give some one a hug instead of a handshake. 

2. Stop to look a friend, family member or co-worker in the eye as you talk with them.

3. Make your gifts this holiday season.  Give people something that you have a special gift to do that no one else can do.


4. Tell someone you haven't talked to in a while how much you love them.  Then name at least 7 specific things that you've found in them to be quite remarkable and hurry up!  Run along and tell them how special they are.

5. Send a gift to your favorite charity because giving makes you feel good and giving is a way of spreading love.  If you don't have a charity of choice, contact me and I'll recommend one for you.

Is there anything else I can do for you? 

Send me an email at and I'll give you at least 3 more things you can do this holiday season to keep loneliness and depression at bay.  Eventually you can have a wonderful Christmas once you eliminate Christmas Love from being at Risk.

Your Servant, Deremiah, *CPE

(c) 2007 by Deremiah *CPE, Customer Passion Executive


Deremiah *CPE, Customer Passion in what really matters the most...saving time.  And the invention Executive.  A "Top 25" Marketing Expert on  This Nightingale Conant Award-Winning Speaker, Artist & Inventor, has shown hundreds of Customer Passion Evangelist, CEO's, Consultants and Sales people how to use his simple but tremendous techniques.   Using the Servant's Mentality to expand the footprint of many companies as he increases customer relationships and simultaneously helps At-Risk Children in the communities where you do business every day. Reach Deremiah at