The kids help Great Grandma Donna stuff boxes for the troops
Last year, my children’s church program put on their Christmas production and it was called “Give This Christmas Away”. It was all about giving to others during the holiday season, as selflessly as you could. It made me think of how we as a family could help others. Even though we may struggle financially during the holidays, it’s important for us to give.
A big part of inspiration for my kids and I to give to others is my grandmother, their great grandmother. Every year she makes it her mission to send Christmas boxes over seas to the troops. These aren’t just boxes she puts together, she works year round collecting items, shipping money and stories. My grandmother will put in every box she sends, a personalized card to that person just talking with them like they have been long lost friends even though, she has more than likely never met that person before. Every year she puts between 50 and 70 boxes together to ship and this year, she sent 76 boxes overseas. Amazing right? Well it doesn’t stop there, she also puts together packages for the Veterans, the homeless and even kids who are less fortunate. She never asks for anything in return, she gives her self selflessly so that others can feel valued during the holidays. Every year, we help her package as many boxes as she can and we helped her package and label 56 boxes this past weekend.
As the chaos of parties and shopping starts to swarm you this December, think about what is really important.
Do you think you could do a random act of kindness every day? Need some ideas? I found this awesome list here, it is really easy to make someone’s day: http://loveistheword.wordpress.com/101-random-acts-of-kindness/
Some charitable organizations and ideas worth looking into: