I was thinking Christmas must be something more. Why go out and buy someone a really expensive gift when you can make a home made gift with more love and thought? Thats one of the reasons that this year for christmas, I’m asking for one thing and one thing only…..for people to care. By care, I mean, not me me me me me. People are not thinking about the meaning of Christmas. It is family time. But some families don’t have very much, or anything.
Sure, it is fun to open gifts, but think about the people, and children, that do not have gifts to open. They do not have money for a turkey even. Christmas is a time to BE SOMEONE. I am not sure what I am really trying to say, but please be someone that cares.
Every year, my family donates all our gently used household items and toys to the Mustard Seed. They have received some pretty spectacular items over the years including many unopened items as we have also taken advantage of great sales and bought items as well. My dad has bought dozens of gifts each year just to donate with these other items so that families have many choices when they came ‘shopping’ at the Seed for Christmas. Right now we have 6 sets of brand new Christmas lights in the garage to donate in addition to all the toys we have. But we have learned that the Mustard Seed will no longer be accepting or distributing any toys, or almost anything else. We have three big boxes of items in the garage to donate and nowhere to donate them to because now it seems, no one wants them.
I also think about the impact on the environment if all these toys just go into the garbage, just because they have been opened. However, charities all focus on new items, rather than recycled and yet there is nothing wrong with what we have to donate, there just isn’t a box. As a kid, I think I would far rather have several presents to open, including gently used toys, than have one or two, in which I then throw away the box anyways.
So, that means this year no presents for me. I want all my presents to go to a charity. Well, actually I want the money that would be used to buy presents to go to charity. And I have told Santa that I want all my toys that he would give me to go to charity. I am 12, and this is important. So as you think about that big expense, think about the people that don’t have a home, or food, or toys, or books. The average Canadian will spend something like $600 on Christmas presents. All I am asking, is please take 10% of what you would spend, and put it to a charity that will help families this Christmas. Any charity. If you plan on spending the average $600, put $60 to a charity. You can even make it as a gift and donate in someones name. Imagine the impact if we all donated just 10%!! Imagine if we could get #10percentsolution trending on Twitter (an unused hashtag until TODAY). My preferred charities this Christmas will be in my next blog in December.
Oh, and if you find a charity that will take used toys and books, please let me know. Email me at kidshelpingkidsCalgary@shaw.ca or tweet me at @KidsHelpingYYC
btw, thank you to all for the donations that you have made to Brown Bagging It For Calgary Kids! Donation matching by the Prosser Foundation has been extended to Nov 30 so please consider donating to them. Go to http://www.brownbaggingit.org/donate-time-or-money/ and click the donate button. Make sure you click the down arrow beside ‘Fund’ and change it from Eligo Hockey to Lunch and then in the Message box type in ‘Kids’. Thank you for supporting them :)