Saturday, December 22, 2012

Don't be a Grinch, Give


 'Tis the season to give lots of gifts and wrap lots of presents, run around crazy to three different stores for the fancy car with lights your child has to have, attend two different Christmas concerts with off-tune carols, bake an insane amount of food and eat most of that insane amount of food, and so many other different things!  It's exhausting!

I feel a little like Cindy Lou in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as she is trying to discover the meaning of Christmas.  Such a small child understanding that Christmas isn't about how many gifts you buy, the decorations, or the food.  It's about family and love.

Christmas is also about giving.  Jesus' birth gave us hope and his death gives us eternity and forgiveness.  He came to serve the poor, the lost, the widows and orphans.

I know I try not to be a preachy person, but this season gets to me and what gets to me more is babies.  Yes, I spent 40 hours a week with twelve needy infants, but I love them and I can't imagine them going without what they need.  It honestly brings tears to my eyes, thinking about any one of those happy little faces without food or medicine and crying for someone to care enough to help them.  If I had a million dollars, I'd give it all to them.

Compassion International
I want to ask for a favor this Christmas season - considering giving and/or sponsoring a child in need.  I sponsor a little nine-year-old girl named Nicole.  I love knowing I am keeping her healthy and feed, making sure she has clothes to wear and is learning at school.  I also love reading her letters and building a relationship with Nicole!

There are other ways to give!  Compassion International has a Christmas Gift Catalog where you can pick what you want to give to those in need.  (This is the one I did!) One can give $55 and pay for a baby's medical care for a year!  Or there are smaller ones like giving food and nutrition to a mother and baby for $14.  There are so many options!  Or donate to a child in your own neighborhood!  Give shoes or Toys to Tots! 

I hope all of you have a giving heart this Christmas and all year.

I also want to give you a gift for giving!  If you give to anyone in need (any time of the year) - this is my gift for you!

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To sum up:  Don't be a Grinch, consider giving this Christmas.  I think you'll find the true meaning of Christmas somewhere in there. :)   (Also, it is tax-deductible to give.) 

5 comments:

  1. It's good to give anytime, and it's awesome that you're sharing this information. If we all did what we could, whether it's giving a lot or a little, the world would be a much better place for everyone in it.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. I agree! If we all gave just a little, the world could be a better place. :) Merry Christmas to you!

      BTW - I am sending you a special email. Something I forgot to give to you a few months back. :)

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  2. there was a girl in the church with two babies...i had lots of clothes i was going to donate. but when i saw her, i knew it was better to give to her then a random company. she was very thankful and needed them more than i knew. love the feeling. great post!!

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  3. This is a beautiful post about the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you. :)

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  4. Christmas is a lonely time for homeless people. I saw one chap in town who had scrawled his heartbreaking message into the sidewalk with colorful chalk. He had the heart of a poet. He was determined to hold his head up high and not cry. I noticed the garbage truck took pains to drive around his life story chalked into the sidewalk. Really brings home life isn't fair and then I bumped into the tragic friendly, guy in the wheelchair with no legs, just sitting there with his empty cup, staring at the pavement. So of course I opened my heart and gave, its only money to us but to them its food and shelter. Merry Christmas, Krista.

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