This holiday season, Macy's wants everyone - from the most enthusiastic to the most cynical- to believe in and embrace the holiday spirit of love and charity. To this end, Macy's is collecting letters written to Santa Claus in special boxes located at all Macy's stores. For every letter received, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (If you aren't familiar, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes and brings a little joy to children with life-threatening illnesses.)
They offered me a $20 Macy's gift certificate (that I'm going to pass on to you) to help spread the word. If you're shopping at Macy's, drop off a letter to Santa and help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation.
I'd like to take it one step further though. Because money is tight for so many people this season, I've seen a lot more families cutting back on spending and the whole commercialism of Christmas, and instead embracing the true meaning of Christmas - the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. That's what it's all about.
I propose, in the true spirit of Christmas, we try to be more Christ-like this season. I'm asking that everyone take a minute and leave me a comment here telling me what you're doing this year to help make Christmas more special; more meaningful, for your family. Perhaps you're spending time each Sunday of Advent reading from the Bible. Maybe you're "adopting" a less fortunate family to buy gifts for. Or maybe you're volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating money to Nothing but Nets. I want to hear about it.
My family is participating in the Samaritan's Purse project again this year. The kids have fun doing Operation Christmas Child and packing shoeboxes with small toys, games, candy & toiletries. The boxes are then distributed to needy children around the world. The mission of Samaritan's Purse is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I should have written about this before because they collect these boxes for Christmas delivery during the week of November 17-24. However, you can send boxes anytime, year-round to their headquarters in NC.
Every day I have people write me asking me to talk about their favorite charities. Although I believe they're all worthwhile causes, I just don't have the time to research and write about a dozen different charities each week. This would be a great time for you to talk about what you're doing to help your charity! And if there are any readers looking for ways to make the holidays more meaningful, but you're not sure what to do, read my comments! There is sure to be a wealth of wonderful ideas!
On Friday, December 10, I'll choose a random winner and give them the $20 Macy's gift card. In addition, I'll donate $20 to the charity of their choice.
Thank you for participating!
*****Oops, I meant to write Friday, December 12th. I told you I'm not good with numbers! Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Carla!*****