SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN…

11.14.12

Unfortunately he may not make it to every child this year, and he needs your help! While times are difficult here in our own country, we are blessed beyond belief compared to many countries around the world. Atrocities of unimaginable proportions take place daily in nations far from our home. We complain because our food is cold, or because our water isn’t warm enough, while to many food and water are a luxury not afforded to them on a daily basis. We are sad because we cannot afford the best clothes or the latest technology for Santa to put beneath the Christmas tree for our children while some children will never know the joy that a simple toy can bring. I am guilty of all these faults myself. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting and having nice things, it is important that we always remember exactly how blessed we are and pay those blessings forward to those who are not as fortunate. This Christmas you can pay it forward to children in far away places, children who will not wake up to the magic of a beautifully lit Christmas tree that has been visited by Santa, children who will not gather around a bountiful Christmas feast with family and friends, children who need you to make this an unforgettable Christmas filled with joy…

I realize that this little project is coming on short notice and I understand that this may make it difficult for some to participate, if you can’t I completely understand, if you can, somewhere a child will be forever grateful! I only found out about this yesterday so it is completely last minute for me as well. On the way home from celebrating an early Christmas at my sisters house, a place where gifts and giggles flowed freely, I heard an advertisement requesting shoe boxes filled with gifts for children who have little to nothing this holiday season. I remembered participating in the “Operation Christmas Child” program when I was in middle school, it’s an easy and affordable project that almost anyone can do. You simply choose the gender and age range that you wish to buy for and then collect small items that will fit inside a shoebox for a child to receive on Christmas. The deadline for contributions is Monday, November 19th at 5pm. I have decided to do six boxes, one for a boy and girl of each age group. You personally don’t have to donate six boxes, you can do five or four or three or two, even one box will change a child’s Christmas and bring a little happiness to their lives. I have said in previous blogs that deep down I am just a girl who secretly wants to adopt all the starving children and buy them pretty clothes and toys and candy, clearly I am only one person and unfortunately I cannot save the world alone. I can however do my small part to make a child happy this Christmas and if we work together we can make many children’s holiday season merry and bright. If you would like more information about “Operation Christmas Child” please visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/, there you will find item suggestions, packing instructions and drop off locations. If drop off times and locations are not convenient for you please let me know and I’ll be glad to drop your box off with mine next Monday. I would love to see all of my friends and family participate in this project, if you decide to donate a Christmas box please leave a comment below or via Facebook or Twitter. For every donation made I will offer a 10% discount on your next photo session with Amanda Duke Photography. Thank you in advance for participating and changing the world one shoe box at a time, I know you all will definitely be on Santa’a nice list this year!