The linked story at the end of this article describes Wal-Mart holding a food drive for its own employees -- asking customers to contribute purchases so that employees in need could enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year. Not only that, they ARE a grocery store!
It is as though Ebenezer Scrooge decided against giving his
poor employee Bob Cratchit that lump of coal he asked for on Christmas Eve; but
out of a sense of bizarre magnanimity solicited the customers of his money
lending business to donate the lump to Cratchit instead!
Not even Dickens could imagine Scrooge, whom he describes
as: "... a squeezing, wrenching,
grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!" would sink THAT low.
But, Christmas day is not yet upon us. The owners of Wal-Mart may yet, after a
sleepless night -- no doubt the result of "an undigested bit of beef, a
blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato."
realize that not even $15.7 billion in wealth can warm a heart grown cold with
They may yet come to realize what they have become, throw
open the doors of their grocery stores and joyfully give each of their valued employees
a “prize” Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings to assure that each has a
joyous Thanksgiving … and a handsome raise in salary (as the transformed
Scrooge did for Cratchit on Christmas morning) so that they may provide for
their families … like Cratchit was now able to do for his, including Tiny Tim.
God bless Us, Every One!