Giving Up – To Give To Others

November 15th, 2012

Hi Everyone! It’s that time again… Christmas is coming up fast! We get caught up in the preparation and craziness trying to find the PERFECT gift for our friends and family. We tend to forget all else. But the reality of Christmas is this: It is very expensive. We, as people with more than enough of everything we need, even struggle to make ends meet at this time of the year. But, do we really? I think most of us live with a lot of luxuries that we consider necessities of life. A mocha every morning? Going out for lunch daily? A treat for ourselves when we fill our cars with gas? Do any of these hit home? Even at this time of the year when we are spending extra money on gifts for our loved ones, we continue to fill our “need” for these luxuries – It’s only a few dollars, right? These few dollars add up. We wouldn’t struggle at all if we didn’t add these to our daily lists of things to buy.

But there are people who struggle all year, without any luxuries. There are people who struggle to pay their bills, let alone buy gifts for their family for Christmas. Many children don’t get the joy of opening a gift on Christmas morning, because the family needs food and heat in their house first. Can you imagine being the parent of one of these children? How painful it would be to see the hurt in my child’s eyes when they go to school, seeing the things other kids unwrapped for Christmas, their hands being empty. I don’t wish this for any child, nor their parents.

Now, I know that gifts are not the meaning of Christmas. I believe in Jesus, and He is the reason we celebrate Christmas. But I also believe in what He taught us: serving others before ourselves. You will be surprised how good it feels to give. I challenge you this Christmas to give a gift to a child or family less fortunate than yourself.

Whether you do this for someone you know, or go through a local or national charity, please give up your small luxuries for a few days or a couple weeks, and give to someone else. There are local charities from which you can get the needs of an entire family, “adopt” that family for Christmas, and buy gifts for them. My youth group adopted 3 families one year, and we did the shopping for them all. It was so much fun! Beyond that, you’d be surprised what they asked for. Their lists contained things like new socks and mittens… Such basic things! You may never meet the child or family who receives your gift(s), but I promise you, they will be thankful for you.

Here are some national charities I have found. On these websites you can find out how to give to families who have applied for Christmas gift assistance.

Toys for Tots – On this one, click on the “Toy Drop-Offs” tab. Follow the instructions from there.

Operation Christmas Child – This is a great idea!

The Angel Tree – I had a hard time finding information on their website, but under the FAQs, there was this: Please call us at 800-55-ANGEL to speak with a Representative and learn more about Angel Tree in your area.

And if these don’t suit you, I am sure you know how to use Google to find a charity in your area. Please, please, please – give this year. Thank you!

I’ve made a Facebook event for this: Giving Up – To Give To Others

**Feel free to ‘like’ the Munkie Babble Facebook page, join the event, and invite your friends to help in putting a smile on someone’s face this year!**

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