With the hot Santa Ana winds blowing, it may not seem like it, but winter is upon us. Even on the hottest of days, it can still get a little nippy at night. The holidays are almost here, and the weather in Los Angeles can change as fast as a teenage crush. Jack Frost is pounding at the door, and once again the weatherman is forecasting a very wet and cold winter. At this time of year, in sunny Southern California, temperatures can plummet into the forties and sometimes even the thirties. This is a bitter and hard time for the over 2 million dispossessed and destitute American citizens. Furthermore, there are over 100,000 homeless people living in Los Angeles County alone, and one out of every four is a child. Thanksgiving is almost here, and it is time for most of us who live and work in this very opulent and righteous country to buy gifts and get ready for the Christmas season. But as inhabitants of this great and generous nation, we also must not forget our less fortunate neighbors. We must remember the true torment, heartbreak, horror and plight of the homeless population. These people are living a stark agony most of us could never envision. They are unable to fulfill the most fundamental human needs, like providing themselves good food, clean clothing and a simple shelter. These men and women are sometimes too disabled to apply for state and government aid. They are living in desperate need of help, and are sometimes very vulnerable and quite often victims of violence. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals There are several worthwhile agencies in Los Angeles, and a lot of dedicated people working to help the impoverished. We also have many courageous volunteers taking up the struggle and battling the system to help this worthwhile cause. More than ever, during the holidays, nonprofit agencies serving the poor and homeless need our help. Many of these amazing nonprofits do a truly remarkable job with very little funds. Their real riches are in commitment, ideas and volunteerism. As well, we must do all we can to help these agencies continue to assist the needy. This is a great opportunity to set a good example for our sensitive and impressionable children and young adults. We must teach the next generation to be aware, accountable and devoted to doing the right and ethical thing. We must also demonstrate to our sons and daughters that America is an honorable and concerned nation. And we must prove to our impressionable offspring that we care about our disadvantaged citizens, that we will reach out a helping hand to our fellow man. By constantly seeing the homeless on the streets of our cities, our children are becoming less concerned and empathetic. They are not learning from us about accountability, responsibility, moral obligation and their duty as Americans and, most of all, as concerned human beings. Whether you only have enough money to donate a dollar to the Salvation Army bell-ringer, or maybe you can afford to adopt a family for Christmas, just give something to charity during the holidays. I’m sure it will make you feel good and also help someone less fortunate. Giving really is better then receiving. Kevin McKenna is a filmmaker and writer, as well as the executive director of Investigative Documentaries Educating American Society. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!