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A Special Kind of Christmas Gift

December 6th, 2008 at 11:04 am

When I worked, my school sponsored an annual holiday food drive and we filled many barrels with food for the needy. My students and their families donated generously, even though most had financial struggles of their own. Our efforts were recognized with awards and accolades, but to me the best reward was seeing the kindness and caring that this effort generated. Now that I'm retired, I do miss this event.

The local paper has been reporting that more than in past years, there is a severe shortage of food being donated to the local food banks. Understandably, the recession is a factor. Many people are challenged to put food on their own table and donating food, no matter how good the cause, is not an option for them right now.

So, this year DH and I agreed we would tell our close family, the ones we exchange gifts with (children, my sister and BIL, niece, nephew), that what we want for Christmas is for them to make a donation in our name to one of our favorite charities, the local food bank. We do not want to know the amount of the donation, just that one has been made.

Well, we've communicated our wishes, and everyone is on board... a few reluctantly because they wanted to get us "something." But I think everyone will follow-through. I love the idea for several reasons. First of all, we are helping others who are less fortunate. Secondly, no one will have to worry about what to get us. And last of all, DH and I are still working on simplifying our lives and really don't need any more "stuff" cluttering our small home.

3 Responses to “A Special Kind of Christmas Gift”

  1. go.Xtina Says:

    That's really nice =D I too am in the process of simplifying my life at the appartment.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Nice idea. I have been collecting for the food bank and have made two donations already.

  3. monkeymama Says:

    We do the same thing. Well, we try. There are some family and friends who are on board, and some who aren't. We just play it by ear, to keep the peace.

    (For some of them, God Forbid we don't want PRESENTS!!!!)

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