Every year a group in our town does a gift tree. These days it is much more gift than tree, but originally the names (pseudonyms) and ideas were hung on a Christmas tree and people could grab “ornaments” of the names off of the tree. What they do is find families that are down on their luck, find out what the kids want/need for Christmas and put it out to the community to help. A name (actually a pseudonym so no real people are exposed) is written on a card with the gift idea. This way all kids can have gifts for Christmas.
Typically our Lions Club sponsors a few families. We distribute the cards with gift ideas and buy grocery store cards and gasoline cards for the parents. This year most of the kids had gift cards as their gift choice. I get it, in a way. I have no idea what 8 year old Suzy wants to wear and she will most likely hate the sweater I get for her. A gift card? win-win. I don’t have to stress and she doesn’t have to wear that awful thing I bought. But gift cards are boring!
As the names were being passed around, one jumped out at me, a 10 year old boy who wants a craft or science set/kit. I nabbed that one! (along with a few gift card ones) I mean, that is a very cool kid that wants something creative and educational. And if it was his parents who wrote it down? Great parents! These are people who might be unsure of their next meal, but they are thinking of their kid’s future. I did a little research and found something that I think would be cool. I hope the kid thinks so too ;)
That was smile this week, a kid who might not have much, and yet puts stimulating his mind and creativity as a priority.
What made you smile this week?
If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.
So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!
Note – the weekly smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning. I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST. I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder. People can and do join throughout the week.