Merry Blogmas and welcome to Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas Extravaganza. We’ve had so much fun blogging about all things Christmas! Week 2 is only going to get better! We still have a Linky party to come as well as our 2nd giveaway on Friday, December 12th. Stay tuned for more details!
Also thanks to everyone who participated in our Twitter chat yesterday as well as the 1st Giveaway. If you still want to enter the first giveaway, click on the link below to do so!
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In the mad rush of the season, sometimes it’s hard to slow down and remember how truly blessed we all are. I serve a great God. A big God who has given me a very good life. I have a warm house, running hot/cold water, and all the “necessities” of home. I have way too many clothes and shoes for one person. All of the kids have 2 warm coats, several toboggans (not sleds, hats for yall above the Mason-Dixon), and several pairs of gloves. Our kids never go hungry. We always have full cabinets and a refrigerator. And even if those get low, we have money to eat out. Every week we go to work at good paying jobs. Our kids are receiving a sufficient education that is free. We have 2 working cars. Our kids will get AT LEAST 15 presents each at Christmastime most likely way more knowing my family. We are blessed. And sometimes we don’t see it.
According to the World Bank, there are approximately 2 billion people around the world live on less than $2 (or their country’s equivalent) a day. TWO DOLLARS. How are we living in 2014 and have people in this world who barely make in a week what we spend on breakfast for five people?
If you read my post for Social Good Moms you know that I’ve been on several missions trips with my church. I’ve seen orphans living in filth in dilapidated buildings in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I’ve driven through landfills in Tijuana, Mexico outlined with houses built of tires and mattresses and other waste materials. I’ve walked silently through subway stations still burdened by the fear of communism in Brno, Czech Republic. I’ve taken pictures that could’ve been on those “Feed the Children” commercials. I’ve played games with children who play with trash and have no other toys. I’ve talked to an 8 year old boy in a juvenile detention center about God. I’ve watched an angry teen plagued by disbelief smile and cry as she decides to follow Christ. I’ve experienced the pain of this world. I’ve met people who are lucky to earn one dollar in a day. I’ve seen hungry children. I know they won’t have a Christmas this year. Unless we do something. Who cares if they aren’t citizens of the US? Jesus knew no borders, why should we?
There are so many ways to donate and volunteer of yourself at Christmastime. Here is just a small list of organizations that work hard to provide Christmas for kids not only in the US but all over the world:
This year for the first time, the kids and I are going to pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. The project is coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse. Here is a beautiful quote from the site that sums up their mission:
A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ Name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child.
The idea is simple. Grab a shoebox and stuff it with age-appropriate gifts for needy children around the world. Click on the image below for instructions from the site and labels.
If you don’t have the time to pack a shoebox or want someone else to do the work for you, which sounds not nearly as fun, you can pack a virtual shoebox online for $25.
I can’t wait to experience giving back with my kids. They have so much and NEED to know that Christmas is more fun when you give too. After all, the reason for the season is the most important gift of all, the love and salvation through the Savior.
I hope all of you are blessed and can bless others this Christmas.
Need some more ideas on how to bless others this year? Check out the 11 other bloggers of the 12 Days of Christmas for more ideas: