Operation Santa Cause – Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…
“You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” ~Henry Drummond~
For families working hard just to meet the basic needs, Christmas can be a time of great struggle and loneliness. With money being so tight, they simply cannot afford to buy their children that special present to place under the tree. Do you, your workplace, social or church group sponsor a family in need at Christmastime?
At my office, we start getting underway about this time of year, dreaming up ways of raising monies to purchase household items and gifts for our Christmas Families. Fundraising events may include everything from a Halloween chili luncheon and Jeans Days to gift-wrapping services and Give-It-Up Days (where people choose to go without a coffee, chocolate bar, or maybe even lunch or dinner and instead donate the money they would have spent on these things to the Christmas Families fund).
We are matched with our Christmas Families through our local women’s centre or single parent association. Our Families are asked to write their Wish Lists for Santa. Items they often include are things that we usually take for granted like new bed linens for a child’s bedroom, bath towels and soaps, a pair of jogging pants, a new pair of winter boots, baby clothes or just a few modest toys and books.
The verses below were written as inspiration for our Santa Cause project one year. Thanks to the kind-heartedness and generosity of so many of my co-workers, we were able to raise enough funds that Christmas to help several Families get everything on their holiday wish lists and then some. What a great feeling!
I’d love to hear how you share the love at Christmastime. I hope you enjoy my little poem that follows, as well as the photos of our kitchen last year ready for the holidays. The Santas were gifts from my husband through the years. These jolly men were manufactured by Roman Inc. years ago. Each merry gent stands on a brightly painted message box with a scroll that tells the figure’s legend. They impart a lovely touch of Christmas spirit throughout the house!
Wishing you a beautiful day!
He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ~Roy L. Smith
“A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile!”‘
“The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.” Phillip Brookes
That love weighs more than gold!
~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas. ~Peg Bracken
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! ~Hamilton Wright Mabie
Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. ~Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby
I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~Janice Maeditere
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…Oh, What Fun It Is! Gingerbread and jingle bells, sledding fun and cinnamon smells. Wreaths upon doors and blinking lights, church bells ring on quiet nights. All over the world, hearts rejoice in prayers for peace and hope for life. Oh, What Fun It Is! Glistening snow and carol voices, eggnog, smiles and sweet surprises! Evergreen trees in reds and golds, nativity scenes and Santa robes. Packages wrapped in secret places, hidden away from curious faces. Oh, What Fun It Is! School plays and cookie swaps, last-minute cleaning with brooms and mops. Turkey, stuffing, and plump raisin pudding Watching holiday movies without even moving! Gift returns and budgets blown, homes undressed and families flown. Thoughts of those with no riches or friends, would YOU be able to do this again – without giving your heart and outstretching your hand, to someone in need – whether creature or man? For the magic of Christmas cannot be bought, it comes deep from within us, in what we are taught. It’s never too early to learn or to teach, or to help others discover – although never to preach. For the lessons in life that are learned the best, come from realizing ourselves just how much we are blessed!
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening…Thanks one and all for coming to visit! I am delighted to be sharing this post on Michelle Raven Designs for Primp Your Stuff.
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