Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What do you Give?

This is the most special time of  year for me because I love to give. Not just to my friends and family members but I just love to give to anyone and everyone that I can.  We don't have a ton of extra money to give. My husband works but we sacrifice so that I can stay home with the kids. But still, we give what we can, when we can and I think that's an important lesson to teach our children. I am very overwhelmed this time of year because I can't stand the thought of children going without. Even now as I type this, my mind is going a mile a minute trying to figure out how we can find donations for 2 boys who will not have anything for Christmas without our help. I couldn't sleep last night because I know I have to find a way to help this family. Being so close to Christmas, most places are tapped out for donations and we have personally already bought for half a dozen kids in our community this year so we just can't buy for anymore.  We also participated in the RAZ program (more to come on that later) but that only provided gifts to girls so we were left with a lot of boys to buy for as well. 

I recently heard an elderly lady talking about how hard she had it the past year. Her health was failing and her money supply was depleting. She said she was thrown deep into poverty yet she made the decision to "adopt" a child for Christmas. She told the story of how she kept telling herself she was crazy, there was no way to afford buying gifts for a child but she said something in her heart just told her she needed to. And after she gave the child the gifts, she made the statement that "Even in my state of deep deep poverty, it was a heart-changing moment when I gave those gifts to that family. Giving to someone who was even poorer than me made me feel rich."

And I guess that's kind of how I feel. We have been blessed to the point where we have never went without. Our children have always had the things that they need and we have somehow always found a way to give them the extra things that they want too.  But we know what it's like to not have a lot and being able to help others who are in desperate need is very heart-warming and rewarding. When I see my kids gathering up gifts to provide to children who would otherwise have nothing, I feel extra blessed to know that my kids would give up their own things to help other kids in need.  In all of the parenting screw-ups that I have found myself in, I look at them and figure I must have done something right! 

What do you give? Is there anything special you do this time of year to reach out and help others??


2 comments:

  1. We have 2 dear elderly neighbors we help make meals for during the year, as a gift from our famiy we pay the expense of their monthly prescriptions they need. Nice to take the time to make others’ days a bit happier and you’ll find you’ve given yourself the gift of happiness, too.
    Thank You for sharing

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  2. thanks for the information, which is very noble attitude to adopt children for Christmas

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