I’m very proud of my daughters this evening. They had been after me for the last week to donate a toy to the Tower of Toys toy drive for Union Mission in Charleston. When I picked them up from school I asked them if they would be willing to pass up a toy for themselves? They agreed, so we went shopping. I let them each pick out a toy: Ashlin got a toy for a boy and Jami got a toy for a young girl.
And then we went to drop them off spot at the WCHS studio in Charleston. The lobby was full of toys, but the receptionist said they always need more. I told her the deal I made with the girls and she was very impressed.
There are loads of kids in our area, and everywhere for that matter, who won’t have much of a Christmas without some help. I think that’s the thing that touched the girls the most. They didn’t like the feeling that they had stuff (too much by their own admission) and there were children who would have very little or nothing for Christmas.
I’m not trying to say that we did something tonight that 1000s of others haven’t done. And to be frank, if Jami hadn’t hounded me about it, I probably would have put it off and never gotten around to it. I’m very proud of my girls for their dedication to helping others and their willingness to sacrifice. We’ve done this sort of thing before, though, so they wanted to do it again. They liked the feeling of helping.
The Tower of Toys drive goes through tomorrow so you still have a chance to help. And there are a million other ways to do it to. Just get out and do something for someone who doesn’t have what you do. That’s the real spirit of Christmas.