Monday, December 12, 2011

Week of Giving - Day 1 - The Giving Tree

This week I want to focus on my favorite part of the holiday season...giving.  When you consider how much Christ has given to us, the least we can do is give a little to others.  Each day, I will be highlighting a way that our family gives back during the Christmas Season.  And my main intent is to inspire you to do the same.

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Every year, our church has a little tree with a bunch of little tags on it.  The tags have the sex and age of a child or adult and sometimes some gift suggestions. 


The gift suggestions really tug on my heartstrings.  A 14 year old boy that's wish for Christmas is a coat.  A 17 year old girl who just needs a new bra.  Or a 7 year old boy that needs underwear and socks. 

We get our kids piles of toys.  Spend 100s of dollars.  And these poor kids need underwear, socks, and coats.  I think I can help with that.  Can't you?

We try to pick a child close in age to our kids so that they can help out and understand giving back.  I love that they are learning to give to others who have less than we do.  Both of my kids, even at 2 and 4, understand this.  And I just love to hear Grayson say, "Is this for the kids who don't have any?"  It's so sweet.

If you don't have a church or a group that does this, I challenge you to walk into Walmart or the Grocery store, or the Mall and keep your eyes open.  There are ALWAYS trees (sometimes called Angel Trees) like this for local families.  Grab a tag.  Or 3 tags. Or more.  Make someone's Christmas special.

And leave a comment letting us know if you do this!  You never know how you might get a little back ;)

3 comments:

  1. I love this post Sarah! Today the kids and I shopped for our kid from the food pantry's tree and the first two requests on the list were pants and underwear. My kids have so much and it breaks my heart knowing how some kids are going without even the basics of life. We try hard to show our kids how important giving is and just how lucky they are for all that they have. I think its awesome that you are teaching your kids this great life lesson. :)

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  2. There are so many ways you can give back this time of year. It's so inspiring to see people participating and making someone else's life just a little bit better. It warms my heart! :o)

    I know a lot of people think they don't have enough money to sponsor a child for Christmas. There are also trees like this for the elderly, too. And to see what they ask for is extremely humbling. Many ask for things like toothpaste and socks. It makes me want to cry. But it's the perfect way for people with limited means to give back. For only $20 you could load an elderly person up with personal care products.

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  3. Sarah, this post is so heartfelt and so true. It's wonderful that you are passing on the gift of giving to others through your children. We have a Giving Tree at our church too and we chose an ornament to give pots, pans and an alarm clock to the Joseph Homes. It's a ministry that supports men recently released from prison who don't have anywhere to go. They educate them and counsel them to get back on their feet.
    Have a very Merry Christmas. Happy Giving!
    Jenny

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