The holiday season is one of family & friends, gatherings, programs, plays, activities, gifts, food and fun. It is also a special time to GIVE to others. I work in fundraising as a career, and it suits my heart and soul. Mark and I make charitable donations to our church, the hospital where I work, our kids' school, and organizations we believe in.
The holidays are also a special time to put giving into ACTION as a family.
Year round, I volunteer on our church council, the church stewardship committee, the kids school, and here and there when requested or needed.
This holiday season, the Twinners and I also rang bells for the Salvation Army. We had a FANTASTIC time. (FYI - Age 6 seems to be the golden year to start this activity)
Also this season,
- I donated my time to the church Sunday School Christmas program and to Marly's school party.
- I volunteered at the "holiday shop" for Alexandra House (our local battered women's shelter). It allows women in need to "shop" for gifts for their kids.
- Each child put together an Operation Christmas Child box.
- We donated food, household goods, and money to our school's "Making Spirits Bright" program for family's in need there.
- We donated to our church food shelf and the holiday food baskets delivered to needy families.
- Our family lit the 4th Advent Candle at church.
Honestly, we have so much, it actually makes me cry. Is our 1970's split level house overly large or grand compared to those just a few miles away??? NO (..... and YES.)
It is luxurious by the standards of the kids in MANY, MANY parts of the world, far from here!
It is ALSO grand by the likes of kids just a few miles from us too!
I want my kids to know and understand it is our PLACE and PURPOSE to do good for others (year round). Jesus arrives, and it is the perfect time to practice what our religion teaches us. Bell ringing was just one of many ways to give, and remember to GIVE again.
May you all be blessed too!