Thursday, December 20, 2007

'Tis the Season!

A friend of ours gave us our Christmas present early, since we won't be seeing each other over the holidays. Her gift has got to be one of the most thoughtful presents I have ever received. When I got home after hanging out at her house, I just wept.

Hubby rushed to my side when he heard me crying. "What's the matter? Are you okay?"
All I could manage to say in between sobs was, "There are people in the world who are less fortunate than we are!"

Perplexed and amused, Hubby saw me holding the card that stated that our friend had made a donation in our names that would "provide an impoverished child in Canada with a backpack full of school supplies".

Our friend's gift really touched me.

I went to the World Vision website to see what other gifts we could give people. I wept again when I saw that for $60, we could give "A gift of 10 fruit trees that will produce tons of fruit and much needed income" or for $55, two hens and a rooster.

Instead of buying our loved ones loads of material things that they probably don't even really need, how better to celebrate the season of giving than helping others who really need assistance?

Thank you again, to our lovely friend. If you are reading this, your gift is much appreciated and a true testament to how wonderful you are. Now, if you will excuse me, I must grab some Kleenex! Oh, why do the holidays always make me so weepy? ;)


CuriosityKiller said...

Apparently you can also donate to Christian Blind International - $60 can provide a year's supply of Vitamin for ten children; $250 can protect protect 10 families from trachoma; and $150 will protect a whole village against River Blindness. I thought that is most meaningful way of giving.

btw, I got your email, what's wrong with your banner?

C said...

Hey, CK!
That is a very meaningful gift. I would love it if people did that instead of getting me presents (and vice versa). I really don't need anything. Needing and wanting are two entirely different things! ;)

Oh! The banner! I tried to change the photo back to Chance's photo, but it went all wonky! Part of it looks cut off. Doesn't it look weird to you when you look at it?

John J. Kaiser said...

Just stopping in to say happy holidays.

Uncivil said...

I was here after 13 glasses of wine!!!!
I wan't a baby goat!!!!!!!

louann said...

That is REALLY a wonderful gift. We often get too caught up in the "traditional" gift buying practice and forget there are so much more meaningful gifts we can give.

You are blessed.

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