it's easy to put our focus on pretty things and parties, and gifts. It's sometimes hard to remember that this is a time of reflection, it is after all a HOLY DAY.
And it is a time to help those that don't have as much. This year our family selected a child from the Salvation Army's angel tree to buy gifts for. Most years my family buys gifts for a needy child, and it's one of the things my daughter really enjoys each year. This year we selected Naydelin, who is ten. It was so much fun to go with my daughter to pick out the gifts for her. We got her two barbies and a very sparkly pink top. Then we went to a local mall to drop off the gifts at the angel tree set up inside the mall. It helps teach my daughter about the importance of giving. It helps her to see what a blessing it is to give to others, and more importantly, a child in need will be getting these special gifts.
My daughter was especially excited about the gift buying this year, because last Saturday, we toured Santa's workshop for the Angel Tree program. The location is very secret.
Naydelin will be getting the Barbie she selected, but what we found out is that many of the Angel Tree children are FORGOTTEN. Meaning no one selects their name to buy them gifts. These children do get gifts from the Salvation Army, but the gifts are selected from what is on hand at the warehouse, and not necessarily what the child requested.
|Volunteers at Santa's Workshop|
We thought about those words, the forgotten children. It sounds terrible doesn't it? If you want to help those forgotten children you can give to the Salvation Army many ways.
|Aren't these volunteers adorable?|
I was compensated for this post, but the opinions, writing, and photos are my own. I was not required to sponsor a child, but chose to, as our family always sponsors a child every year.