Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Season of Giving

Okay, maybe the "season of giving" is a bit much since we all give all the time, but your heart seems to warm a little more around this time of year.

We put up our Christmas tree today. I love seeing M's reactions -- she's at such a fun age.

I always want M to know how blessed we are -- we have each other, our health, warm clothes, a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, and much more.  I want her to know that there are little girls just like her that may not have a Mommy or Daddy or warm clothes or food to eat every day.  Or a home for a Christmas tree.

This evening, after putting up our tree, we packed a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.  I explained to M that the toys were for another little girl, and I showed her a video from the Web site.

We chose a little girl age 2-4 for obvious reasons.  We just got her things our own little two-year-old enjoys, and we tried to give a variety of items (fun, clothing, and hygiene).  I'm so excited for this little girl to get these goodies.  

M looks willing and helpful in the pic above, but we had a slight issue with the Barbie.  She wanted to keep her.  :-(  Since she's just two (almost three) and doesn't fully understand what we were doing, I may or may not have made a quick run to Target to buy this Barbie's identical twin sister. :)

I guess it lets me know that this little girl who will receive this box -- wherever she is -- will love this little Barbie, too.

M and I had fun packing the box (she told me it's for the little girl's "birthday.").  Tomorrow, November 21, is the last day of National Collection Week, so we'll be dropping this baby off.  If you donate the shipping costs online (just $7), you can "follow" your box online.  You'll see exactly what country it's shipped to.  Cool, right?

Go here learn more about Operation Christmas Child.  Have a great week!

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