I've had a very nice, relaxing day today. While reading my December Real Simple magazine, I read a letter from a woman in Leander, TX that just touched my heart. She said that she, her husband, and her brother celebrated Christmas Eve last year by driving around handing out care packages. Inside the bags were mittens, blankets, scarves, snacks, etc. and a hot hamburger they had just purchased. They drove around looking for homeless people sleeping under overpasses and on the street. Can you just imagine the spirit of giving that welled up inside of them for doing that? I want that for our family. I want Noah to know the raw feeling of unselfish giving to those who are in desperate need and those who are strangers to us, but not to the Lord. I want to plan for and bless those who need it so much more than we do. I talked to David about it and we are going to pass out Christmas bags on the night of December 23rd. I think it will be the perfect day, especially right before Noah receives his Christmas presents. It goes along with the quote from my previous blog post... What will you give? and THEN....What will you get?
And now I challenge you to do the same with your family. Choose an evening on the calendar for your deliveries. Fill your sacks with things that will make someone that needs it so very much feel warm, loved, and special. And make sure your children help you purchase items and fill the bags. The night of your delivery, pick up a hot food item to place in each bag. Maybe take a photo of your family with all of the packages before you leave the house. I can't imagine a bigger blessing for a family during this precious time of year. How about your family?
Just some ideas for the care packages:
fleece blanket in bright colors (I've seen them for $4-5 at Walmart)
toothbrush/toothpaste or mouthwash
Christmas card (when was the last time some of these people received a Christmas card?)
mittens in bright colors (also inexpensive at Walmart)
soft snacks (in case of bad teeth)
bottles of water
Fast food gift card (instead of cash)
I pray that your family will participate. And please let me know if you do. I'd LOVE to hear other families' stories and see photos. :)
"The poorest of the poor are those who feel that they are unloved." - Mother Teresa
"No matter how little you have, you can always give some of it away." - Catherine Marshall
"He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything." - Samuel Johnson