A few days ago, our sweet friend Barbie went out and bought a variety of toys and offered them via a blog giveaway to families in need. People were asked to nominate a family who was struggling this year. If you read the comments here, you’ll know that several readers humbly nominated THEMSELVES as desperately needing help this Christmas.
Here is an excerpt from one story:
“…still no work, we filed bankruptcy and we are still short at least $300-400 each month in bills. My husband has sold many prized items to pay bills. We knew that Christmas was out of the question. Now I count on winning prizes and on earning swag bucks. I was able to purchase a few items for my kids on Amazon with the $30 credit, but when you have three kids, it’s not much. I have a 2 1/2 year old girl, 5 year old girl, and an 11 year old boy. God has sustained us during this rough time and we pray for a few more blessings for our children who just don’t understand.”
Honest to God, it broke our hearts.
(Deep breath) There are more. And we know there are more of you out there who didn’t share – but are in similar straits.
We often stress that it’s not just about “getting a deal” – it’s about making a difference. As a community, I think we can pull together to make a difference this week for some of the families in our midst who need Christmas help. Don’t you? OKAY! Our goal here is to match up some of you who need help – with some of you willing to give it.
So here’s the plan!
- If you need help - or know of a family desperately struggling to survive this year – please leave a comment on this post with your short story, your city/state (For those nearby who might be able to drive something over) and your email address. (For contact purposes)
- If you can give help – read these comments. If you see a family near you and you are able to help them with anything – you can contact them via email to offer assistance.
I know that this is not the most organized plan in the world – but we just had to try something -anything- to reach out to these families. We hope this brings some folks together to fill a need in our community this Christmas. Perhaps you don’t have money to spare – but you have a “gift closet” full of random toys that might help a family out. Or you may have pantry items to bring them to ease the stress of putting food on the table for a little while.
Let’s make this Christmas a little merrier and a little brighter for the families in our midst.