Wednesday, November 20, 2013
To kids from 1 to 92...
Yes, Christmas is a time when every child should enjoy a present or two under the tree so they can have wonderful holiday memories. We helped an online friend of mine about 8 years ago when she and her husband were unemployed. Her youngest was positive Santa would bring him the Spiderman action figure he'd been praying for. I told her I would take care of it and wanted to get a family gift so I picked up a Simpsons Monopoly game she knew they'd like. I went all over town for that damn Spiderman action figure but I finally found it, wrapped both presents and included a gift card to a local grocery store for them to have Christmas dinner made for them. That kid was so happy and to this day, in his teens, he still tells people he KNOWS there is a Santa Claus because his family had nothing and suddenly there was everything he prayed for. That is the spirit of Santa Claus and Christmas and something I will hold in my heart forever as I know he'll tell that story to his own kids when he grows up.
But what about those who aren't children anymore? What about the forgotten ones who don't have family they see at the holidays to give them a present to let them know they're remembered? I'm talking about seniors. When I heard about the Be A Santa to a Senior program, I knew we had to help. Much like adopting a family off of a Christmas tree at a local store, the paper ornaments on these trees have the name of a senior along with their wants.
I mean come on...who can't spare a couple of bucks you could probably dig out of your couch, car console or forego that morning cup of joe ONE TIME to buy one senior some shower gel and shampoo at the dollar store? The necessities...the things we tend to take for granted would make this one woman a happy lady on Christmas morning. So instead of buying for one...
...we bought for six. Now you don't have to put them in gift bags, the organization wraps for them but we did because we wanted to. We're checking back a few days before the deadline to make sure all of the seniors on our local tree have been taken care of and if they haven't, we'll grab the remaining few.
Still need convincing? Watch this. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, watch from 3:00 to 4:30. 90 seconds will melt your heart.
You can find the trees at the Home Instead care facilities and/or participating CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. To find out if there is a tree near you, click here and enter your zip code. In our area, they are collecting gifts until December 9th.
If they're not in your area, call a local low income senior facility and see if they do something or want to start. If they don't do an official program, bake them Christmas cookies to take over. (Maybe do a regular batch and a batch for diabetics.) I did this last year and the looks on the faces of the staff and residents was well worth the time to make them. It doesn't take much to put a smile on the face of seniors who may be or feel forgotten this holiday season.
It not only makes them feel good, it makes you feel good and the karma Gods will smile upon you in wonderful ways.
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