Sometimes, I can be quite the humanitarian. I love the feeling I get when I truly help someone overcome a burden or hardship. I think that is mainly because I know exactly what it’s like to be in that type of situation. I know what it’s like to pinch a penny and stretch a dollar. But, the difference is that if I were to ever come up short, I have an amazing support system that I can turn to. It’s evident that some people don’t have that and it truly breaks my heart. It saddens me to see this but it also makes me realize how blessed I am.

So with my abundance of blessings, I give back in any way I can. I don’t have much money but it definitely won’t create a financial burden if I were to make a donation. Every year, we participate in Toys for Tots. I let my daughter pick a toy to donate to a little boy or girl and she simply loves the idea. In my opinion, it teaches her to be considerate of a person’s situation and it also allows her to help. I don’t know about anyone else, but it gives me a wonderful feeling.

Of course, Christmas is not just about receiving the gifts that you wanted, but most children don’t understand that and they simply look forward to receiving the toys and game that they want. This is why I participate in the Toys for Tots program. The looks on my children’s faces after they’re tearing away at the paper that took me hours to wrap around their gift is indescribable. Every kid deserves that moment.

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  1. Shannon

    December 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I think it’s a great thing to participate in this program. I have participated in the past.
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  2. lindsie

    December 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I love the Toys for Tots! We also participate in it as well. They have several locations around here that obviously has a bin to do so but Toys R Us is closet to me and that’s where we usually go. I am such an emotional person too. It breaks my heart to see/hear these kids who don’t have anything at all, or the situations they are in. Even with our past struggles – we always made our kids the #1 priority.. making them happy. Unfortunately like you said other people do not have maybe the support system we do or may very well be a single parent. I’m glad I have my husband but I can relate to from my very own situation – my mom being a single parent to 4 kids! But we were always brought up to be appreciative and it’s not always about receiving – but rather giving.And although most kids do not understand that, my kids are very good at understanding that. My daugther for instance suggested to receive one toy so we can give away the rest, isn’t that sweet. Not even worried about herself! But of course I spoiled her with tons of presents. I’m always donating to charities/fundraisers – atleast of what I can. I try and thats all that matters.

    Glad to hear theres more people out there that has a heart ?

    Have a blessed holiday!

  3. Tamara

    December 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I never really was one to be into the holiday spirits when it came to Christmas. Mainly because I have such wonderful people in my lives and I’d love to show my appreciation by giving them a gift..but I’m just not able to do that. I hope one year God bless me enough to be able to do that. But in the meantime youve showed me that there are other things I can do to show my appreciation. just being that one friend that people can talk to and lean on is sometimes enough :)

  4. Samara

    December 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    This is really nice that you are doing this and teaching your children how to be compassionate and giving. Those are great values to have as a human being and sadly a lot of people lack that. So God Bless you! :)

  5. Laura

    December 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    i agree every kid should be able to share the joy of unwrapping. such an amazing program to take part in. hats off to you. happy new year hun! hope many good things go your way. :)
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