Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Every time we love,
every time we give,
– Dale Evans
Christmas means many different things to many different people. It can be putting the star on the tree, opening presents or eating a lot of really good food. For me, one of the most important parts of this season is to give without any expectations. It should be like that all the time (I’m working on that), but for today this will do.
There are so, so many NPOs out there, each with its own mission and each facing its own battles. Around this time of the year they are really out in full force looking for some type of donation that they can use to put a smile on little faces. The biggest and most popular initiative is, of course, the shoebox initiative where you pledge a shoebox and fill it according to the gender and age of the child. Unfortunately, every year I miss out on it because the pledges are (understandably) done months before Christmas, and this year was the same.
However, I was determined to fill a shoebox this year.
I went onto Circle of Love‘s Facebook page and saw that their “ibhokisi yothanda”s (“a box of love”) had to be in that Friday, meaning that I was way too late. I decided to pop them a little message in any case, just to make myself available for any emergency boxes that needed to be filled. Within minutes I got my very first, very own pledge: five-year-old Hayley. Immediately I was emailed a list of items that needed to be included.
The items that needed to be included are:
- Deodorant/Roll On
- Something to own
I had so much fun shopping for Hayley’s Christmas presents, and thank you to my wonderful boyfriend who accompanied me (shopping with me must be hell).
Have you done your part this Holiday season?