The true spirit of a community cannot easily be measured, in large part because no one person, or in most cases even one group of people, can truly define an entire community.
But when that group of people is a collection gathered from across the community, and woven together with one common goal, one can gather some insight into the true heart of the greater community.
Community Impact Productions provides a great example of a group that serves as a good representation of the greater community.
A group of volunteers scattered across Cabarrus County will reunite for a third time in two years to host a musical performance to benefit Cooperative Christian Ministry and needy families in Cabarrus and neighboring counties.
“The Birth of Christmas” will not only tell the story of Christmas, through song, dance and drama, but, in a much less obvious way, will tell the story of the caring and generous spirit of Cabarrus County residents.
The group, originally formed to help provide financial support of the American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, works hard, rehearsing and preparing to bring an entertaining performance to the public.
Proceeds from this year’s second event will remain right here in Cabarrus County, being distributed to needy families.
But the work that may easily go unnoticed by many is the benefits that the money raised will provide to families in need.
The holiday season is a time of reflection and giving thanks for what we have. It should also be a time to looking at what we can do to share our blessings with those around us who may not have as much to be thankful for and to celebrate.
That is the message behind the message of Community Impact Production’s “The Birth of Christmas.” It’s a lesson that can define us, and a lesson we should all strive to learn from.
Jonathan E. Coleman